In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys, a young woman gives birth to a child of mixed race and struggles with feelings of estrangement as her daughter gets drawn into a world of white privilege. The Reason for It traces the birth, faltering, and decline of an ancient culture, with enlightening modern resonances. A Love Child features a World War II soldier who believes he has fathered a love child during a fleeting wartime romance and cannot be convinced otherwise.
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If her targets tend to the obvious, Lessing's waspish satire can be amusing enough, despite opaque and careless prose (names in "The Grandmothers" are mistakenly transposed). "A Love Child" is more ambitious, appearing to present the loss, waste and self-delusion of a generation through a single romantic dreamer.Read Full Review of The Grandmothers: Four Short ... | See more reviews from Guardian
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