The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

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Houghton
Candida Wilton--a woman recently betrayed, rejected, divorced, and alienated from her three grown daughters--moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London. Candida is not exactly destitute. So, is the move perversity, she wonders, a survival test, or is she punishing herself? How will she adjust to this shabby, menacing, but curiously appealing city? What can happen, at her age, to change her life? And yet, as she climbs the dingy communal staircase with her suitcases, she feels both nervous and exhilarated.
There is a relationship with a computer to which she now confides her past and her present. And friendships of sorts with other women--widows, divorced, never married, women straddled between generations. And then Candida's surprise inheritance . . .
A beautifully rendered story, this is Margaret Drabble at her novelistic best.


Baker & Taylor
Divorced and estranged from her grown daughters, Candida Wilton moves to a rundown flat well below her means and finds exhilaration in her self-imposed poverty, during which she confides her thoughts to a computer and makes friends with new peers.

Harcourt Publishing
Candida Wilton--a woman recently betrayed, rejected, divorced, and alienated from her three grown daughters--moves from a beautiful Georgian house in lovely Suffolk to a two-room walk-up flat in a run-down building in central London. Candida is not exactly destitute. So, is the move perversity, she wonders, a survival test, or is she punishing herself? How will she adjust to this shabby, menacing, but curiously appealing city? What can happen, at her age, to change her life? And yet, as she climbs the dingy communal staircase with her suitcases, she feels both nervous and exhilarated.
There is a relationship with a computer to which she now confides her past and her present. And friendships of sorts with other women--widows, divorced, never married, women straddled between generations. And then Candida's surprise inheritance . . .
A beautifully rendered story, this is Margaret Drabble at her novelistic best.


Blackwell North Amer
When Candida Wilton arrives alone in London, divorced and rejected and without much money, she is filled with a strange sense of excitement. What can happen, at her age, to change her fortunes? How will she adjust to this shabby, violent, yet curiously attractive city? When Candida starts writing her diary, she expects that she will fill it with the small events with which she pads out her empty life, but she has always had a secret belief that despite all she is a lucky person. And she is right, in a sense, for when an unexpected windfall brings her sudden riches, her horizons broaden.
Gathering together six travelling companions - women friends from childhood, from married life and after - Candida maps out the journey she has long dreamed of: to Tunis, Naples and Pompeii. Finally, she has realized that one can make anything happen, if one has the nerve.

Baker
& Taylor

Divorced and estranged from her grown daughters, Candida Wilton moves to a run-down flat well below her means and finds exhilaration in her self-imposed poverty, during which she confides her thoughts to a computer and makes friends with new peers. Reader's Guide available. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, 2002
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780151007400
0151007403
Branch Call Number: FICTION DRABB...M
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

This is the brave and somehow exhilarating story of a divorced 50-something woman restarting life in a walk-up flat in a grungy neighbourhood in London. She writes in her journal, joins a health club and finds power in friendships both old and new. Her wonderful, intelligent, witty and sometimes grumpy personality blooms. On receiving an unexpected inheritance, she takes her mixed bag of friends on a tour of Tunisia and southern Italy, to retrace the footsteps of Virgil's story. The ending is a bit confusing, but the story is not clichéd and the writing is proof that some writers get better with age.

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