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A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L'Engle
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Oct 12, 2011

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A retired concert pianist gets injected into the intrigue of a Episcopalian cathedral in 1970s New York City when the former Bishop with whom she had a brief romance in their youth before WW2 asks her to put on a benefit concert. What follows is half remembrance of things past, half gossip-driven mystery. The scenes from one reflects on the events of the other as the protagonist attempts to put her house of memories in order and uncover the snake in the grass among the closed community of clergy and families who run the cathedral.
The perspective is very much an older woman's perspective. She keeps track of who among her visitors do the dishes and speculates on the characters and prospects of the young people in the story, most of whom trot in and out of the plot as best fits the protagonist's whim.

I prefer Madeleine L'Engle's science fiction.

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