The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels (Paperback)
In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys, a young woman gives birth to a child of mixed race and struggles with feelings of estrangement as her daughter gets drawn into a world of white privilege. The Reason for It traces the birth, faltering, and decline of an ancient culture, with enlightening modern resonances. A Love Child features a World War II soldier who believes he has fathered a love child during a fleeting wartime romance and cannot be convinced otherwise.
About the Author
Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, in 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books--novels, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
“[Lessing] has never written better.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A LOVE CHILD possesses both a palpable immediacy and a haunting afterlife.”
-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“The four pieces that make up The Grandmothers are masterpieces of artistry and intellect.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“Stunning … showing Lessing’s trademark incisiveness.”
“Lessing is without peer.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Powerful… beautifully realized.”
“A brilliantly written book … Lessing is at the top of her game.”
-Library Journal (starred)