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Small Pleasures de Clare Chambers
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Small Pleasures (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Clare Chambers (Autor)

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Now available in the US--the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett--an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion. LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR PICK: Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Ireland, Daily Express 1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It's a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape. That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen's gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life. Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives...with unimaginable consequences. Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a literary tour-de-force in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfillment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable. … (més)
Membre:GeekyBride
Títol:Small Pleasures
Autors:Clare Chambers (Autor)
Informació:Custom House (2021), 352 pages
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This novel did read well but it read awfully slow. Sometimes the mystery Jean is trying to unravel of a women having a baby without help from any male,gets forgotten. I liked Jean and enjoyed reading about her life as a journalist , single woman and caregiver to a difficult mother in 1950s England. But the plot was weak and the ending of this novel was weak as well. ( )
  Smits | Jan 17, 2023 |
I got this book recommendation quite awhile ago from Mary Loves Books who I believe is in Ireland. I was finally able to get it (twice because I forgot I had already ordered it!) and just finished it! Set in 1957, it features Jean Swinney as a featured editor at a small local paper in the suburbs of London. Almost 40 years old, Jean leads a small life working and caring for her very demanding mother. Everything changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury contacts the paper claiming her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. What an exquisite book, both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable! Highly recommended! And, the cover is beautiful, too! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | May 27, 2022 |
Set in 1957 in the southeast suburbs of London, Jean Swinney, a single 39-year-old news reporter is investigating a woman’s claim that she had a virgin birth. Her reporting becomes more when she finds she really likes the Tilbury family and is often included in family outings. She adores the daughter, Margret, and finds herself thinking of husband in romantic ways. I enjoyed the book but was a little bit put off by the discovery or how Margaret was conceived. The ending was devastating. Overall, when I reached the end, I didn’t find it a satisfying story, but I think there was no happy ending to many of real life stories. Karen Cass’s narration was spot on. ( )
  brangwinn | Feb 5, 2022 |
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  doryfish | Jan 29, 2022 |
I loved this until the very end, which was so unnecessary and so disappointing that I am deducting a whole star for it. I will also be pretending it didn't happen. Otherwise, the writing was great, the sense of time strong, and probably the sense of place too (although my years in Chislehurst/Orpington don't seem to have left much geographical memory).

Recommended, but don't read right to the end. ( )
  pgchuis | Dec 27, 2021 |
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Being left alone with her thoughts was like sharing a prison cell with a lunatic—terrifying and inescapable.
The journey into love was so effortless and graceful; the journey out such a long and labored climb.
Happiness flowed and was smooth, but reality had rough surfaces and sharp corners.
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Now available in the US--the dark horse literary novel that has taken Britain by storm! In the best tradition of Tessa Hadley, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ann Patchett--an astonishing, keenly observed period piece about an ordinary British woman in the 1950s whose dutiful life takes a sudden turn into a pitched battle between propriety and unexpected passion. LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR PICK: Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Ireland, Daily Express 1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It's a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape. That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen's gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life. Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives...with unimaginable consequences. Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a literary tour-de-force in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfillment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable. 

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