Like We Used to Be

Jean Stubbs, Author
Jean Stubbs, Author St. Martin's Press $19.95 (387p) ISBN 978-0-312-03858-8
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
The interlinked lives of two sisters are realistically revealed in this novel set in England during the '50s and '60s from the author of An Imperfect Joy . Two very dissimilar women, Zoe and Leila, experience personal upheavals that leave them battered but unbowed. Zoe, the more conformist sibling, endures a lackluster marriage, bears two children and undergoes a divorce that forces her to become her own person. Leila, whose untrammeled bohemianism is compensation for her perception of herself as second-best, also faces the pain of a failed relationship and the challenges of single motherhood. Their parents' deaths provide an opportunity to consider that marriage, a moving aspect of this resonant novel, as the sisters cope with this separation in a way that clarifies their own attachments. 60,000 first printing; $60,000 ad/promo. (Jan.)
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