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The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
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Jun 14, 12

This prize-winning, gorgeously written mainstream novel follows the lives, especially the love lives, of Caroline and Grace Bell, orphaned sisters from Australia. They arrive in England in the 1950s and make their way through loves and losses, victories and betrayals over the course of three decades. Grace marries, Caroline does not. The author sometimes writes from a male character’s perspective to keep things interesting. A comfortable literary read but ultimately very sad. And everyone seems to define him- or herself in terms of whom they’re sleeping with.

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