Lottie announces at the breakfast table that she is getting married. The youngest daughter of a large and close-knit family, Lottie is nineteen but looks five years younger. Her fiance is Edgar Lennox, a composer of religious music and lecturer at Lottie's university, forty-five years her senior. We follow as Lottie's life unfolds; her marriage to Edgar, the tiny flat they share, the children that follow. It is a story of romantic dreams and daily reality, family loyalties tested but holding, and the comedy and solace to be found in small moments. Evoking a world that expands beyond the pages, it marks the beginning of what is an astonishing new collection.
On full display in these stories are the qualities Tessa Hadley has been praised for often before: her unflinching examination of family relationships; her humour, warmth and psychological acuity; her powerful and precise prose. In this collection there are domestic dramas, generational sagas, wrenching love affairs and epiphanies -- captured and distilled to remarkable effect.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing
The twelve stories collected in Tessa Hadley’s Married Love are carefully observed and, at times, subtle. They tend toward interiors. Lives of middle-class (or aspirationally middle-class) English ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cariola - LibraryThing
This is a collection of twelve interesting but somewhat gloomy stories that explore the human heart through various prisms. A nineteen announces to her family that she plans to marry her lover--a ... Read full review