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An ironic novel of a wealthy family living in England and their relationships. Matriarch Sofka dotes on Frederic, her playboy elder son, grooms Alfred to care for the family business, and favors the youngest daughter, spoiled Betty, over her docile sister Mimi.
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Unlike Brookner's other novels, this one does not focus on a thirtyish, single woman but on a family of European descent living in England. If there is one major character, it is Sofka, the somewhat ... Read full review
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