Towards Another Summer by Janet Frame

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“Self-styled” writer Grace Cleave has writer’s block, and her anxiety is only augmented by her chronic aversion to leaving her home, to be “among people, even for five or ten minutes.” And so it is with trepidation that she accepts an invitation to spend a weekend away from London in the north of England. Once there, she feels more and more like a migratory bird, as the pull of her native New Zealand makes life away from it seem transitory. Grace longs to find her place in the world, but first she must learn to be comfortable in her own skin, feathers and all.

From the author of the universally acclaimed An Angel at My Table comes an exquisitely written novel of exile and return, homesickness and belonging. Written in 1963 when Janet Frame was living in London, this is the first publication of a novel she considered too personal to be published while she was alive.
 

About Janet Frame

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Janet Frame (1924-2004) was one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers. She is best known for An Angel at My Table, which the Sunday Times of London called "one of the great autobiographies written in the twentieth century," and inspired Jane Campion's internationally acclaimed film. Throughout her long career, Frame received a wide range of awards, including every literary prize for which she was eligible in New Zealand, honorary membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Literature.
 
Published February 24, 2009 by Counterpoint. 236 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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A 1963 novel about a weekend trip, deemed too personal for publication during Janet Frame’s life.

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Grace's mood is not helped by her deepening conviction that she is a migratory bird - hence her longing to fly home to 'another summer' - nor by the home movie of her childhood that plays endlessly in her head.

Jun 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Towards Another Summer

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Summary: New Zealand writer Grace Cleave is living in London and struggling with work, when she accepts an invitation to spend the weekend with friends in the North.

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