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Alfred and Emily (original 2008; edition 2008)
Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing (2008)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060834889, Hardcover)
In this profoundly moving book, Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War. In the fictional first half of Alfred and Emily, she imagines the happier lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war. This is followed by a piercing examination of their relationship as it actually was in the shadow of the devastating global conflict.
"Here I still am," says Lessing, "trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, trying to get free." Triumphantly, with Alfred and Emily, she has done just that.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:26 -0400)
In a personal meditation on family, war, and memory, the author re-imagines the lives of her parents if World War I had not happened, and also relates the facts of their lives in the wake of the war's devastation.
(summary from another edition)
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