The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters

Book - 2002
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When Candida Wilton arrives alone in London, recently betrayed, divorced, and rejected, she wonders what more 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. Candida confides the details of her progress to a diary that slowly takes on a strong persona of its own, as it often scathingly comments on the trappings of modern life, and uncovers the layers of her past and present life. And when Candida receives a sudden windfall, she takes a group of six friends, women who in one way or another find themselves straddling generations, on a trip she has long dreamed of to Tunis, Naples, and Pompeii, with surprising results. Lively, beautifully rendered, rich in literary allusions and psychological insight, The Seven Sisters is a splendid, broadly appealing novel about starting over.
Publisher: Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2002
ISBN: 9780771029042
Characteristics: 306 pages


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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 clich├ęd and the writing is proof that some writers get better with age.

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