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Loving Without Tears

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer, and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. Tightening the apron strings as she does so, she doesn't anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man -- with a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticipate that her irrepressible daughter ...more
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Published 2006 by Virago (first published 1988)
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Dec 26, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
Angel the controlling mother of Slaney and Julian.
She wants the best for her children and her niece, but now they have grown up they have ideas of their own.
Tiddley the niece is a wonderful character who plays the piano which due to hard times Angel wants to sell.
The tide turns and Tiddley ends up with the person she truely loves.
Angel surprisingly lets them go with the hope of grandchildren.
A lovely book that does have a happy ending!
Nov 26, 2008 Eileen rated it really liked it
Shelves: britlit, virago
More thirties social drama!

While Loving Without Tears has one of the most melodramatic and off-putting titles I can think of, it's actually a strong, light, black-humored exploration of a family and their power dynamic. Angel, the mother of two children, is the central pivot of the book. While she is a complete sugar-coated manipulator, she seems not to recognize this at all; she is "doing what is best for her family", and sees nothing else. Meanwhile, her newly adult children and niece, as wel
Nov 12, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
I really think this could have been a seems so much like a period piece ...the characters enter, say their lines and pause , waiting for the audience's reaction.
The mother, Angel, is particularly well developed and as she blunders through, one cringes both for her and for her targets..
Very much of its time (just after WWII) but very enjoyable. Very theatrical - the action takes place over just a couple of days and builds to a dramatic denouement.
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Classic marriage plots in the drawing room novel.
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Molly Keane (20 July 1904 – 22 April 1996) was an Irish novelist and playwright (born Mary Nesta Skrine in Ryston Cottage, Newbridge, County Kildare). She grew up at Ballyrankin in County Wexford and was educated at a boarding school in Bray, County Wicklow. She married Bobby Keane, one of a Waterford squirearchical family in 1938 and had two daughters. She used her married name for her later ...more
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