Having returned to the depressing little town where her precocious and ambitious grandmother grew up, a granddaughter begins to wonder why some of us remain in the roles prescribed for us by family and tradition, while others are drawn to the prospect of different worlds.
Abounding with lively characters and subversive wit, this intriguing story explores timeless themes of genetic inheritance and the individual's place in history. With this brilliantly conceived novel full of irony, sadness, and humor, Margaret Drabble is at her storytelling best.
I think the story is there - but I could not endure the writer's technique. I could not finish the book due to it dragging with so much gobblily gook within the story - backwards, forewards, and sideways it went - never consistent with a story line.