Everything Will Be All Right

Everything Will Be All Right Joyce Stevenson is thirteen when her widowed mother takes them to live with Aunt Vera a formidable teacher neglected by her unfaithful husband Joyce watches the two sisters her aunt s unbending dedic

  • Title: Everything Will Be All Right
  • Author: Tessa Hadley
  • ISBN: 9780099462002
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Joyce Stevenson is thirteen when her widowed mother takes them to live with Aunt Vera, a formidable teacher neglected by her unfaithful husband Joyce watches the two sisters her aunt s unbending dedication to the life of the mind, her mother worn down by housework and thinks that each of them is powerless in her own way.For Joyce, art school provides an escape route,Joyce Stevenson is thirteen when her widowed mother takes them to live with Aunt Vera, a formidable teacher neglected by her unfaithful husband Joyce watches the two sisters her aunt s unbending dedication to the life of the mind, her mother worn down by housework and thinks that each of them is powerless in her own way.For Joyce, art school provides an escape route, and there she falls in love with one of her teachers When she marries and has children, she is determined to manage her relationship with a new freedom, and to save herself from the mistakes of the previous generation But her daughter Zoe, growing up, comes to see Joyce as a bourgeois housewife, and when Zoe has a baby of her own, she demands from motherhood

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    1. Tessa Hadley's amazing. This is the second novel I've read by her (Accidents in the Home's the other) and I'm looking forward to reading her two new books. She's without a doubt one of the very best contemporary writers. Her characters are real and memorable and she makes them this way quickly, with lovely sentences and details. I thought the structure of the book was great. It opened with a contemporary scene, introducing us to four generations of women that it then moved back in time to show u [...]

    2. I wanted to hug this book’s face off. If you’re not familiar with Sara-praise, that’s the kind of swooning compliment I reserve for Noel Gallagher and The West Wing. As in, I find very few faults in what I see, and the faults I do find, I brush off with the affection of an indulgent spouse. Talent moves me, particularly good writing.So you’re saying you liked the book, Sara? Yes, I loved the book.Intense longing, bedtime smells, English accents and complicated artists? Man, it’s like s [...]

    3. Of all the Tessa Hadley books I've just read (3, started by a story in the New Yorker recently) This was the best. The plot sounds tired, a look at 4 generations of women in in one british family, but it is anything but. It is absolutely fascinating to see how the culture of each generation affects them, and how they change and age/come of age.

    4. Wonderful--Hadley sketches the four generations of this family in such lush detail. The women are all so realistically drawn--Zoe in particular reminds me of people I knew from school, who struggled when it came time to leave the world of the intelligentsia behind for family life and child-rearing.

    5. I agree with the Times reviewer: strangely compelling despite almost total lack of a plot. I would have liked to follow each main character for longer, but layering their stories added something, too. I like that Hadley concentrates not on courtship itself but on the early years of a significant relationship instead-- a new marriage, e.g. It's very interesting, and much less common to read about.

    6. Remarkably well written and complex, with characters that live and breathe. An enjoyable story, although at times it rambled so widely it seemed a bit off kilter. She's a terrific writer.

    7. I enjoy Tessa Hadley's writing and her soft and soothing depiction of home and family life and family ties, but sometimes I miss the fact that there really is no plot at all, just a telling of eventsbut stille is an enjoyable read.

    8. A riveting read, where, we follow the inner lives of three generations of women, Joyce, Zoe and Pearl unsure whether their 'wills' are the rudder of the river of life or if the bigger life is. The book travels from story to story, linking the heroines with an array of family and friends who either misread, connect, love or rebel. It has the same epic feel of Wild Swans, linking family sagas with the bigger picture, or Noel Coward's 'This Happy Breed' The book's events flow like a river, the narr [...]

    9. I love Hadley's novels. this one takes a family through several generations and shows how people grow and change. the characters are vibrant and believable.

    10. Tessa ties four generations of strong women together with family tales of acceptance and rejection. The men come and go, but the women struggle within their generation to find meaning, despite life's ills and false starts. After I read Tessa Hadley in the New Yorker, I knew I had to go back and read her fiction.

    11. Unlike her other work this book seemed difficult to get into and the multitude of characters was too confusing for me to settle in. Although masterfully written in terms of prose and style I was slightly disappointed.

    12. Really 3.5 stars. This one started slowly, but then I liked the latter part of the book quite a bit. It covers the sweep of women's lives across three generations and has some beautiful and deeply painful moments.

    13. Engaging. Chronicles the lives of three generations of English women over four decades of social and political change. Interesting to see how the daughters reject their mothers when they are young but return and mimic them later.

    14. Another favorite Tessa Hadley novel; all her characters are real and compelling and sympathetic, and her books make me want to write "That's just like me!" over and over again in the margins.

    15. Didn't like this one as much as the others but still a breathtaking understanding of the nuance of emotion and personality.

    16. I really enjoyed this book, the characters are believable characters but also interesting enough to propel the plot and make a good novel.

    17. Slightly disappointed with this. I found the book difficult to get into as I kept losing track of who was who! Maybe that's just old age creeping in. Once I got that straight however I enjoyed i.

    18. A rich and very satisfying meandering between four generations of women and how they attempt to discover how to live their lives. Superbly insightful and vivid and thoroughly enjoyable.

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