A Severed Wasp Author:Madeleine L'Engle Madeleine L'Engle's new novel is the drama of a long and full life. Katherine Forrester Vigneras is a concert pianist who has returned to her house in New York to come to terms with her memories, until she can look at them with acceptance. Indeed, Katherine has much in her past which draws severely upon her powers of acceptance. The three men... more » in her life have provided her with the richness of character which is the result of pain and conflict as well as joy. Her natural resilience is tested by tragedy and nourished by music, which is always the background of her life.
If Katherine had expected to retire quietly, sorting through memories as some people go over old photographs, she is rudely disappointed. When she agrees to give a benefit concert for an old friend, Felix Bodeway, a retired bishop, she is drawn into the life of "his" cathedral,and that of the people on the cathedral close. Not only are there inevitable clashes between conflicting personalities, but Katherine is enmeshed in an unexpected web of terror. Her past becomes a living part of the present, so that time is warped, and Katherine herself must untangle the web.« less
Just as a note, this book is intended for a more mature audience than many of Madeleine L'Engle's better-known books. It deals directly with both sexual issues and violence,and therefore may not be appropriate for younger readers.