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Heat Wave by Penelope Lively
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bookshelves: booksread2019, contemporary, chicklit

Does history repeat itself? Are our children doomed to go repeat our mistakes? Penelope Lively takes this to hand in her short novella which focuses on a mother and daughter spending their summer in an idyllic countryside. Pauline is an editor and her daughter Teresa, grandson Luke and dandyish son-in-law all join her at World's End at what is the hottest summer on record. As the heat goes up, so does the tension. Pauline notices Maurice's dalliance with the coy Carol first and tries to protect Teresa, yet there's only so much a mother can do.

What I found powerful is how Lively addresses the way everyone is aware of Maurice's misconduct, but are powerless to do anything about it. What is it about a cheating that makes everyone tip-toe around the issue? Why the taboo? It is a fascinating account which left me wondering what I would do in such a situation. After all, it's an awful thing to think you are not 'enough' for the love of your life.

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Reading Progress

April 14, 2019 – Started Reading
April 14, 2019 – Shelved
April 14, 2019 –
page 5
May 6, 2019 – Shelved as: booksread2019
May 6, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
May 6, 2019 – Shelved as: chicklit
May 6, 2019 – Finished Reading

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