Doris Lessing Writes Again!

At age 88, Doris Lessing continues to explore her life and the lives of her parents in her new book Alfred and Emily which is now on our New Books shelf – Call # PR6023 .E833 A78 2008.

Caryn James writes in the NY Times Book Review , “Like so many adolescents, Lessing swore never to be like “these sick and half crazy people, my parents.” Unlike most, she became a brilliant Nobel Prize-winning writer, and in “Alfred and Emily” offers them the greatest gift she can: the lives they might have had. The book’s first half is a novella about an Alfred and Emily who flourished — not together, we soon learn — in a peaceful, prosperous Britain. The second half offers the nonfiction version, exploring these unhappy characters as their daughter actually knew them. ”

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