By Penelope Lively
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143113430, 258pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“This novel from Booker Prize-winner Lively begins in 1930s London and follows three generations of women: Lorna; her daughter, Molly, who defies social conventions; and Ruth, Molly's daughter, whose search for her family's history ultimately will help her break free from her conventional path. A good book-club choice.”
-- Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon, CA

The Booker Prize?winning author's sweeping saga of three generations of women
?One of the most accomplished writers of fiction of our day? ("The Washington Post" ) follows the lives and loves of three women?Lorna, Molly, and Ruth?from World War II?era London to the close of the century. Told in Lively's incomparable prose, this is a powerful story of growth, death, and renewal, as well as a penetrating look at how the major and minor events of the twentieth century changed lives. By chronicling the choices and consequences that comprise one family's history, Lively offers an intimate and profound reaffirmation of the force of connection between generations.

About the Author
Penelope Lively is an award-winning novelist and author of children s literature. She received the Booker Prize for her novel Moon Tiger and wide acclaim for The Photograph, Family Album and How It All Began. Lively is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a member of PEN and the Society of Authors and a recipient of the OBE and CBE. In recognition of her contributions to British literature, she was elevated in 2012 to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She lives in London.
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