Falling SlowlyBook - 1998
The peaceful, contemplative lives of the Sharpe sisters--Miriam, a translator of French texts, and Beatrice, a professional pianist--are complicated by three very different men--Max, Beatrice's agent; Simon, a charming married man; and journalist Tom Rivers. 30,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
Beatrice and Miriam are sisters, loving but not entirely uncritical; each secretly deplores the other's aspirations. Their lives fall short of what they would have wished for themselves: love, intimacy, exclusivity, acknowledgement in the eyes of the world, even a measure of respect. Each discovers to her cost that love can be a self seeking business and that lovers have their own exclusive desires.
In search of reciprocity they are forced back into each other's company, and rediscover their original closeness in the course of quiet attempts to gain a measure of wisdom and acceptance.
The quiet lives of two British sisters--one a disillusioned divorcee, the other a romantic spinster--are interrupted by the arrival of two men. The novel traces the sisters' different reactions to a chance at love. One woman is a musician, the other a translator.The peaceful, contemplative lives of the Sharpe sisters--Miriam, a translator of French texts, and Beatrice, a professional pianist--are complicated by three very different men--Max, Beatrice's agent; Simon, a charming married man; and journalist Tom Rivers
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Those who remain unpartnered were still somehow suspect; their courage counting for nothing. And it took courage to contemplate the signs of ageing, to wonder on whose door she might knock if she were frightened, or ill.
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