As We are Now: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - Fiction - 133 pages
30 Reviews
So begins May Sarton's short, swift blow of a novel, about the powerlessness of the old and the rage it can bring. As We Are Now tells the story of Caroline Spencer, a 76-year-old retired schoolteacher, mentally strong but physically frail, who has been moved by relatives into a "home." Subjected to subtle humiliations and petty cruelties, sustained for too short a time by the love of another person, she fights back with all she has, and in a powerful climax wins a terrible victory.
  

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User Review  - Yifei Men - Goodreads

A surprisingly fast-moving little novel - a powerful voice, a powerful ending. Read full review

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A classic "rage against the dying of the light" tale. Heartbreaking and powerful. May Sarton is one of the few authors I know of who tackle the theme of old age and death. Fearless stuff. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
21
Section 3
35
Section 4
47
Section 5
53
Section 6
60
Section 7
76
Section 8
82
Section 10
97
Section 11
108
Section 12
112
Section 13
114
Section 14
116
Section 15
125
Section 16
132
Section 17
134

Section 9
92

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About the author (1992)

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

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