The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble

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Candida Wilton--a woman recently betrayed, rejected, divorced, and alienated from her three grown daughters--moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London. Candida is not exactly destitute. So, is the move perversity, she wonders, a survival test, or is she punishing herself? How will she adjust to this shabby, menacing, but curiously appealing city? What can happen, at her age, to change her life? And yet, as she climbs the dingy communal staircase with her suitcases, she feels both nervous and exhilarated.
There is a relationship with a computer to which she now confides her past and her present. And friendships of sorts with other women--widows, divorced, never married, women straddled between generations. And then Candida's surprise inheritance . . .
A beautifully rendered story, this is Margaret Drabble at her novelistic best.

About Margaret Drabble

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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.
Published September 5, 2013 by Mariner Books. 320 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All seven are no longer young, each wondering what Julia bluntly asks: “So what is the point of us?” Candida: “The solution to the problem is death.” Part Three suggests that this may be the author’s final answer, though her middle daughter angrily refutes many of Candida’s previous assertions.

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The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble 307pp, Viking, £16.99 Almost 40 years separate Margaret Drabble's latest novel from her first, A Summer Birdcage.

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The journey was told in third person suggesting the narrator's death, and then we're told in the voice of Candida's daughter, Ellen, that Candida has committed suicide and what she's written is full of lies.

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