Lucy, reading Vera's letter at breakfast, smiled. Vera would come when Charlotte came and they would all be together. Once more, like old times, they would all be together. She must break it tactfully to William. Across the dazzle struck from the cloth and the silver by the sunshine of the September morning, she looked at him. Should she tell him now or later?They Were Sisters
by Dorothy Whipple
My current read was selected for me by the Classics Club spin and I couldn't be happier. Dorothy Whipple, sometimes referred to as the "Jane Austen of the 20th Century", became an instant favorite in 2009 when I read Someone at a Distance. I am enjoying this 1943 novel immensely.
Summary from Persephone Books:
This, the fourth Dorothy Whipple novel we have republished, is, like the others, apparently gentle but has a very strong theme, in this case domestic violence. Three sisters marry very different men and the choices they make determine whether they will flourish, be tamed or be repressed. Lucy's husband is her beloved companion; Vera's husband bores her and she turns elsewhere; and Charlotte's husband is a bully who turns a high-spirited naive young girl into a deeply unhappy woman.What do you think of the opening? Would you keep reading?
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