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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