Flight of the Maidens

Flight of the Maidens

A Novel

Book - 2000
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Deliciously, with keen perception and touching humanity, this new novel from one of England's most gifted writers follows three young Yorkshire women, all of them scholarship girls, through the weeks preceding their departures for university in Cambridge and London. If they face the future with innocence and uncertainty, their parents and guardians belong in spirit to an England now past, even as they gaze upon a world that has been utterly altered by six long years of war. It is the summer of 1946. In this time of clothing coupons and social readjustment, Hetty Fallowes struggles intellectually to become independent of her possessive and tactless but loving mother, while her best friend, Una Vane, asserts her nascent womanhood with a sexually interesting fellow from the wrong side of the Yorkshire tracks. And Liselotte Klein, a Jewish refugee who arrived fat, solitary, and clever from Hamburg in 1939, comes through painful trials in London and California to surprising possibilties. By summer's end, all three have begun to learn they know neither everything nor nothing.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Carroll & Graf : 2000
ISBN: 9780786708796
0786708794
Branch Call Number: FIC Gard
Characteristics: 278p

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EmilyEm
Sep 22, 2017

Newly published, this earlier book by a favorite author has all the charm and humor of her other work. Three young women, scholarship winners to attend college in 1946 England, encounter life and love in the summer prior to the school term.

A pivotal time and place for these three women, two of whom are from families of diminished means and one a Jewish girl who was part of the Kindertransport put in the care of a Quaker couple. Wonderful. So many wonderful characters.

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Kelseydoolittle
Jun 24, 2015

placed in the wrong library bin=
returned to Merlo when should have been returned to Lincoln Park

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 24, 2014

It's funny because I picked this book up a few months back and could not get into it in any way. Totally forgot I'd had it and picked it up again and this time I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and understand the three young British women. Their stories of their lives immediately after WWII were interesting and reflect the times very well. Just goes to show how a book can hit you in different ways at different times in your life.

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