For Love Alone

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Open Road Media, Oct 23, 2012 - Fiction - 502 pages
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One woman’s obsession with love and fate leads her to unexpected truths about passion, sexuality, and power in 1930s London
Driven by a belief in love above all else, Teresa Hawkins leaves her life in Australia and moves to London in search of her destiny. After years of emotional distance within her family, and despite her na´vetÚ of the vagaries of heartache, Teresa dedicates her life to the commandment “thou shalt love.” Affection-starved and painfully vulnerable, she immediately focuses her affections on Jonathan Crow, her egotistical and indifferent Latin tutor. But it’s only through another man, an entirely unexpected influence on her life, that Teresa will gain a full consciousness of her own sexuality and identity as a woman. For Love Alone is a powerful novel written in an original voice—a feat of literary narrative by one of the twentieth century’s finest writers.

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There were times I enjoyed reading this book; I didn't dislike it at any time, but I feel ambivalent about it. Perhaps it is because the characters are of my parents' generation and they are at once ... Read full review

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Usually, when a book is as well thought of as this one, I can at least understand the reason even if I don't like it. I don't like it. For 502 pages I didn't like it, and I'm still not sure what ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Christina Stead (1902–1983) was an Australian writer regarded as one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. Stead spent most of her writing life in Europe and the United States, and her varied residences acted as the settings for a number of her novels. She is best known for The Man Who Loved Children (1940), which was praised by author Jonathan Franzen as a “crazy, gorgeous family novel” and “one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century.” Stead died in her native Australia in 1983.

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