An Experiment in Love
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
It was the year after Chappaquiddick, and all spring Carmel McBain had watery dreams about the disaster. Now she, Karina, and Julianne were escaping the dreary English countryside for a London University hall of residence. Interspersing accounts of her current position as a university student with recollections of her childhood and an ever difficult relationship with her longtime schoolmate Karina, Carmel reflects on a generation of girls desiring the power of men, but fearful of abandoning what is expected and proper. When these bright but confused young women land in late 1960s London, they are confronted with a slew of new preoccupations--sex, politics, food, and fertility--and a pointless grotesque tragedy of their own.
Hilary Mantel's magnificent novel examines the pressures on women during the early days of contemporary feminism to excel--but not be too successful--in England's complex hierarchy of class and status.
From Publishers Weekly
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I had read and enjoyed Wolf Hall, so I downloaded a sample of this book. By the time I got around to reading this book, I had forgotten she had written the other. I just made the connection. The two books have nothing in common other than great writing and the author. Oh, and I suppose, London, but in different centuries.
The voice of each book is unique. They are not like each other, but they are also not like anything else I've read.
I'm going to download more of her samples now.
Terrific novel--prose piercing and spare, heart-stopping images, brilliant.