Falling SlowlyLarge Print - 1998
The Sharpe sisters have lived a careful and contemplative existence. Miriam is a translator of French texts and Beatrice a moderately successful pianist. Their lives of quiet sophistication are suddenly interrupted by several complicated men: Max, Beatrice's agent; Simon, a handsome and charming married man; and Tom Rivers, a journalist who befriends Miriam. These men create disorder in the Sharpe sisters' controlled worlds, as Miriam, the unromantic stoic of the two, begins an affair and Beatrice's career undergoes an unexpected change.
The exquisite writing, affecting characters, and astonishing psychological perceptions for which Anita Brookner is famous are evident on every page of tiffs beautiful novel by a modern master.
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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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