Crucial Conversations by May Sarton
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Crucial Conversations
By May Sarton

Crucial Conversations

A Novel

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Crucial Conversations by May Sarton

Book Description

Reed and Poppy Whitelaw's conventional and apparently serene life together is shattered when Poppy tells Reed that she has decided to leave him. In a series of encounters that follow the shock of this news, which affects not only Reed but also their children and friends-in particular Philip, who must learn why he is so invested in their marriage-Reed and Poppy struggle to make sense of their lives in this alien new terrain.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393311020
ISBN-10: 0393311023
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 6-Apr-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Crucial is perhaps too emphatic a word for Miss Sarton's short novel which lacks the urgency of the issue of her last one (As We Are Now, 1973) and deals with a common enough situation when Poppy, 50, decides to leave her husband, Reed, after 27 years of marriage in search of her "Personhood." This with only one token acknowledgement of Women's Lib. It is rather Watergate which has brought home to her the sullying business of compromise. Now Poppy, her children grown, is still a "terribly unfinished, searching mass of conflict..." and is determined to feel like an "authentic human being" and become a sculptor. Even if Reed had spent $20,000 on a studio for her, he had also given her constant migraines, colitis and "despairs." The conversations circumnavigate this "life-enhancing" decision and take place primarily between Poppy, Reed and Philip or Pip, friend of the family who has apparently held the marriage together longer than it should have been. That's about it - a domestic sundry and no doubt Miss Sarton's readership, an unquestionably steadfast one, will not reproach her for what seems less than authentic ("dear heart," "his secret treasure," etc., etc.) today - almost protected from modern times. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - May Sarton

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

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