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When the World Was Steady (1995) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In the words of Melody Simpson, their mother, Emmy was born with thick skin and Virginia with no skin at all.

Emmy believes that she cam make her own luck. After a bleak childhood in wartime London, she grasps her first piece of good luck leaves for Australia for marriage, motherhood, and social standing.

Virginia, after a brief and ill-starred attempt at independence and love, accepts defeat and learns to live within its boundary: "Her first sorrow, and every sorrow after, had stayed with her in the present; she does not find it easy to make a past, without which it is impossible to make a future.

The sisters have made their choices, made steady worlds for themselves. Now, in middle-age, they find these worlds disintegrating. Emmy's confidence is shattered by a humiliating divorce and the self-effacing Virginia begins to question the drabness of a world shaped by Bible-class ideals of perseverance and humility.

It is on Bali and Skye, two islands as far apart as geography allows, that the sisters independently reassess their place in the world and gingerly find the new bearings that will allow each to renegotiate the circumstances of their lives with newfound acceptance and flexibility.
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Original title: When the World Was Steady
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

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