This novel by E.M.Delafield (best-selling author of the "Provincial Lady" series) is one of the readers' favorite. It gives us a perceptive look at the coming out of a debutante and her increasingly desperate search for a husband. The perspective is sympathetic to the heroine, Monica, and her mother giving a fairly scathing look at the society they had to deal with. "She could never, looking backwards, remember a time when she had not known that a woman's failure or success in life depended entirely upon whether or not she succeeded in getting a husband" wrote the author, in a line full of wit and social critique.
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Born to Count Henry de la Pasture and his novelist wife, Delafield (1890-1943) was brought up according to strict Late Victorian precepts, but failing to ensnare a husband, she entered a convent in Belgium the moment she was 21. Having recovered from this experience she became a VAD, (voluntary nursing for the war effort) and wrote her first novel. Delafield started publishing in her mid twenties and the year her fourth novel Consequences was published, she married Paul Dashwood, a civil engineer turned land agent; three years in Malaya was followed by life in rural Devon. Many of her novels and short stories are semi-autobiographical or stem from her experiences living abroad and in the rural countryside.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140161872
Book Description Penguin Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140161872