A Solitary Grief
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A Solitary Grief

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A novel by the author of Madame Sousatzka, I Sent a Letter to My Love, The Elected Member, and Set on Edge.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1991)
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This grim story of parental narcissism gone to extremes opens with Dr. Alistair Crown stealing flowers from a cemetery to present to his wife, Virginia, after she has given birth to a daughter. To sum up the sort of person Alistair is, I give you this quote about him learning of his child's birth:
"They'd phoned him from the hospital early that morning. His wife had borne him a girl, they'd said. He'd been gratified by that style of announcement. His wife had borne a girl for him. But h
This is a very good psychological drama that explores themes of identity, expectations, parental love and relationships. There are some quite unusual twists and turns, and the ending really took me by surprise. It started slowly, but as it progressed I could barely put it down. Certainly not what I expected from the opening pages of the story.
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Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year...more
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