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My Summer with George by Marilyn French
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My Summer with George (1996)

by Marilyn French

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I added this book to our library display of love stories and ended up taking it out. It was unconventional in that the love story was a fantasy yet HErmione believed in it despite her career as a romance novelist and her life experience. I though French was somewhat didactic but also clever in showing the many faces of love. ( )
  ccayne | Feb 24, 2013 |
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In 1977, Marilyn French inspired a generation of feminists with The Women's Room. Twenty years later she still refuses to go quietly, play with the grandchildren, and prune the roses, as women of a certain advanced age are supposed to. Instead, she has written a romantic novel, and true to her youthful vigor, it is a subversive one. French joins Doris Lessing in believing that the libido can survive old age in women as in men. At the beginning of the novel, the heroine has cast aside her self-image as a desirable woman, as society expects; but then she meets a dashing editor in his 50s, and snap--she is consumed by erotic longing. She is able to analyze intelligently the whole disturbing situation with her knowing women friends, even while she enjoys a delicious summer of romance.

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The romance novelist, Hermione Beldame, a woman in her sixties with 87 books and four husbands to her name, meets newspaper editor George Johnson and falls in love on the spot. He likes her too and a relationship gets underway. Trouble is, Hermione's expectations are way ahead of reality--she thinks their romance will be like in her books.… (more)

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