Feinstein's triumph is to write so well that she makes Lena's predicament not only moving, in a perfunctory dismissive way, but also painful ... [she has] an accurate and acute feeling for language, and pauses, and silence.' Guardian Lena's seemingly contented family life is coming apart at the seams. Her husband Ben has been having an affair with the au pair, and as their relationship slides he retreats more and more into his work in a science lab. Sons Alan and Michael may appear happy enough, but this is far from the case - both are responding to a physical world which they alone inhabit. And Lena - desperately lost and seeking an identity of her own, both inside and outside of her family unit - increasingly finds solace at the bottom of a bottle. An exploration of just how lonely - and how magic - a marriage can be, The Circle is a poignant, poetic and incredibly assured debut novel.
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Elaine Feinstein is a prizewinning poet and novelist and the author of highly praised biographies of Pushkin, Marina Tsvetayeva and Ted Hughes. She lives in London.
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Book Description Penguin, Harmondsworth, England, 1973. Softcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Penquin Edition. What does a woman want from her marriage? A husband? A house and children? Or does she crave a shared intensity of living - a prolonged affair? In this novel, poet Elaine Feinstein probes the sore spots of a marriage and finds that a wife must accept her separateness - and that of her husband, if she is not to feel 'utterly dead with dependence'. Yet how many women - even today - find it easy to establish their own separate identity? A novel for all those who know - and want to know - about the loneliness (and the magic) of being married. Slight foxing toend pages. Small dent to front cover.(We carry a wide selection of titles in The Arts, Theology, History, Politics, Social and Physical Sciences. academic and scholarly books and Modern First Editions ,and all types of Academic Literature.) Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 010686
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