The friendly young ladies
When seventeen-year-old Elsie runs away from home, she seeks out her older sister Leo, only to find Leo sharing a houseboat, and a bed, with the beautiful, fair-haired Helen. When Elsie decides to stay for a bit, she turns Helen and Leo's lifestyle upside down. An enchanting portrait of Bohemian life in 1930s London, this delightfully provocative romantic comedy was written in 1943 in opposition to the despair characteristic of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness or Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour.
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her mother had had a girlhood sweetheart, who had remained faithful for thirty
years. Perhaps. . . . But after every theory was exhausted, Elsie was still sure. She
simply knew. She went over to the little glass vase of primroses. The water was ...
"Your father and mother live in London now. They came about a fortnight ago. My
mother met your mother shopping at Selfridge's, and she told her all about it. She
was awfully upset, my mother said. They live in Hampstead. My mother's going ...
"Your mother said it's not living in London she minds, it's wondering what's
happened to you. It must be rather awful for her, I expect." "I did write to her," said
Elsie. The whole content of life was shifting like a kaleidoscope. Linked by
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - atreic - LibraryThing
I read this book because I was reading reviews of the Well of Loneliness, and it was mentioned. In fact, the comment was something like 'oh God, the Well of Loneliness, it's so up itself and tortured ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - themulhern - LibraryThing
The writing is excellent which makes the story effective. The young Elsie is a very sad character who doesn't have much grasp of the reality that everybody else seems to understand so well, but their ... Read full review