A Closed Eye

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 15, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In A Closed Eye, Anita Brookner explores, with compassionate insight and stylistic brilliance, the self-inflicted paradoxes in the life of Harriet Lytton, a woman whose powers of submissiveness and self-denial are suddenly tested by the dizzying prospect of sexual awakening.

In Harriers gallant struggle with the single great temptation that comes her way, Brookner creates a hauntingly flawed heroine and a study in the evasions and disappointments that make up all our lives.

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Brookner triumphs again with this superb portrait of protagonist Harriet Lytton. Harriet, a birthmarked only child, escapes genteel poverty when she marries Freddie, her father's affluent wartime ... Read full review

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