The Backward Shadow Author:Lynne Reid Banks A sequel to The L-Shaped Room, this powerful, disturbing, bittersweet novel continues the story of Jane, now living in an English country cottage with her illegitimate child, determined to forge a viable, independent future. She still loves Toby, her past lover but not the father of her child, but she has an obsessive conviction that she must no... more »t burden his writing career by saddling him with her situation.
Tough and resilient though Jane is in many respects, the intensity with which she loves her child is not enough to conceal from her the recognition of her essential loneliness in her isolated country life. She resolves to meet the challenge in her own way, one of honesty, humor, and unsentimental insight.
Rarely in fiction does the sequel to a celebrated novel measure up to its predecessor in impact and originality, but The Backwad Shadow is in every way as glowing an achievement as Lynne Reid Banks first book.« less