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Miss Herbert (the suburban wife) (original 1976; edition 1976)

by Christina Stead

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Title:Miss Herbert (the suburban wife)
Authors:Christina Stead
Info:New York : Random House, (1976), Hardcover, 308 pages
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Tags:Australian Author, Contemporary Fiction

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Miss Herbert: The Suburban Wife by Christina Stead (1976)

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For my friend Cyrilly Abels
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Dr. Linda Mack had brought the five girls down to her Devon cottage in the car: it was June and the weather was fair.
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Eleanor Herbert Brent is a beautiful woman - tall, blond, athletic - a woman with 'proper' goals, believing in respectability, in her desire to be a wife and mother in the 'dear old-fashioned way'. Yet at the same time sexuality forms her personality and as a young English graduate on the loose in London, she savours the capacity to excite - and sleep with - every man she meets. She experiences everything: a restless, promiscuous youth, a wholesome suburban marriage, grass widowhood in the Second World War, and life on the fringes of literary London in the forties and fifties. Only one thing remains forever beyond her reach: the experience of real love; this and this only could transform Miss Herbert into the passionate woman she really is.
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