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Before the War
by Fay Weldon


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1922. Vivien is twenty-four and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and almost worse intelligent. At nearly six feet tall, she is known unkindly by her family as the giantess.

Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her.  Read more...


 
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Overview

1922. Vivien is twenty-four and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and almost worse intelligent. At nearly six feet tall, she is known unkindly by her family as the giantess.

Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her. What he does not know is that Vivien is pregnant with another man s child and will die in childbirth in just a few months...

Fay Weldon, with one eye on the present and one on the past, offers Vivien s fate, along with that of London between World War I and World War II. This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers, and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

Inventive, warm, playful, and full of Weldon s trademark ironic edge, Before the War is a spellbinding novel from one of the best writers of our time.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250121233
  • ISBN-10: 125012123X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Vivien is single, large, ungainly, five foot eleven inches tall and twenty years old. An intelligent, ambitious illustrator and the only child of Sir Jeremy Ripple, head of a publishing house in 1920s London, Vivien flaunts conventionand conventional notions of beautyand relies on her mind to fulfill her life and goals. Sherwyn Sexton, a short and egotistical editor at her fathers publishing company, accepts her proposal of marriage with visions of vast sums of money and a mistress or two, but little does he know that a scheme to rise the corporate ladder by marrying the bosss homely daughter will be more complicated than it seems. After a chance encounter in a stable with what Vivien claims to be the Angel Gabriel, layers of façade and family courtesy fall by the wayside. Featuring a cast of oddball characters and astute observations about courtship, family, and what it means to be human, Weldons (Mischief) novel crackles with erudite writing evocative of the time period. This is a complex character study filled with wit and wisdom about family, society, and the restrictions both can place on women. (Mar.)

 
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