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+ Greenbanks
By Gina · 5 posts · 12 views
last updated Dec 30, 2012 10:43AM

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A few months ago, at a library talk, the Persephone Books reissue of Greenbanks was mentioned, and the delight in the air was tangible.

Some had read and loved the book, and all were thrilled at the prospect of another Whipple novel reappearing.

And now I have been to Greenbanks.

While I was there, I watched the story of an extended family, and the story of their family home, from the years before the Great War, through the years of that war, and into the years that followed.

I came to understand t...more
Some people on Good Reads explain the plot as being a story about the relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. While this is true, it reduces the main root of the story, in that it encompasses the entire family and how each person's actions effect the family as a whole.

Relationships are placed in strain, other relatives are made closer, others still rediscover themselves...all due to actions by other family members. The story's main focus is on the grandmother, but I wouldn't sa...more
This novel reminded me a bit of the Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton, another English family saga that unfolds across decades. The story focusses mainly on the family matriarch, Louisa, those of her children who are either at home--Laura, Charles and Jim--or living nearby--her daughter, Letty, who is unhappily married to Ambrose, and their daughter Rachel--when the story begins. Later, there is also Louisa's companion, Kate Barlow, who Louisa tries to help. Ambrose is quite a character, a m...more
For wise perception, humor, and subtle lyric, there's no one quite like her. I doled this book to make it last and was sorry to finish.
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