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Mid-20th Century Fiction

Excellent Women

Excellent Women

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Excellent Women is probably the most famous of Barbara Pym's novels. The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a spinster in the England of the 1950s, one of those 'excellent women' who tend to get involved in other people's lives - such as those of her new neighbor, Rockingham, and the vicar next door. This is Barbara Pym's world at its funniest.

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Happiness Hill

Happiness Hill

Jane Arleth’s mountain vacation is cut short when she receives news that both her parents have been sick back home. Anxious to help but sad to leave a rare chance to relax for the hard times ahead, Jane returns to the city. She soon discovers that there’s only one cure for her ailing parents: some much-deserved, cooling time away from the scorching city. So Jane rents a tiny cottage on the beach, hoping for the best. What she finds is a summer that opens her heart to love.

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The Sanctum

The Sanctum

On a November day in 1946, Neeley McPherson turned five ... and accidentally killed her parents. Thrown into the care of her scheming and alcoholic grandfather, she survives by her quick wit, and the watchful eye of an elderly black man, Gideon. In 1959, as equal rights heats up the South, authorities accuse Gideon of stealing a watch and using a Whites Only restroom. Neeley, now thirteen, helps Gideon break out of jail. With the infamous Catfish Cole on their trail, the pair flees to the Blue Ridge Mountains and take shelter in a wolf sanctuary.

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