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'A complex portrait of two women's sexuality . . . an absolute pleasure' Alice Sebold
`A wonderful novel - completely engrossing' Claire Messud
Flannery, a writer with one well-known rather racy book to her name, is, by her own admission, in a situation she never thought she'd be: married to a man who overshadows her and defined by her primary relationships as wife and mother. When Flannery is invited to a writers' conference she sees a chance to return to a world she knew well. And then she recognizes the name of the chair of the event: Anne Arden. Suddenly Flannery is thrown back twenty years to her eighteen-year-old self and the most intense love affair of her entire life.
On the other side of the world Anne is travelling for work. Recently out of a decades-long partnership, she feels adrift, unsettled. When a friend asks her to chair an event at a writers' conference she says yes and a couple of months later, on the same campus where they met and fell in love, Anne and Flannery are reunited. Though their lives have taken them in different and unexpected directions, the pull between them proves irresistible.
Elegant, clever, witty and sensual, Pages for Her is a novel about love, memory and what it is to be a woman, a wife, and a mother.
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The "yearnings and frustrations" of the characters in the present day are compellingly captured; so too is the rekindling of Flannery's passion for life and writing * Observer * Beautiful . . . a soft, pure and very gentle exercise on the nature of love . . . an exhilarating, passionate work that explores marriage, sexuality, and the transformative power of love over time and the way two women face the slow burning truth of their lives, their relationships and the utter delight of honest ownership of powerful experiences and truth * G Scene * Brownrigg did something marvelous in Pages For You . . . Now, 15 years later, there is a sequel: Pages For Her . . . There is nothing of the parable in these two books. They are not allegories or lessons about how to be a queer woman in the world. It is not wrong to have babies, and it isn't wrong to marry men or not marry men. It is not wrong to be too young or too old, to be more or less into girls at whatever particular age or stage one happens to be. For this simple reason, reading Brownrigg's novels feels like entering a fictional world that is less fussy, more real. Mainstream fiction could do with substantially more fiction about romance between teenagers and between middle-aged women . . . For now, we have these pages. * New Republic * [A] thoughtful, gentle, yet passionate novel...Brownrigg's themes of sexuality, betrayal, marriage, and identity resonate along with this tale's strong sense of yearning as it poses the question, Can you be a soul mate with someone you haven't seen in two decades? * Booklist * I was awed by the depth and quality of this novel . . . what made the novel so wonderful for me was the total focus on what it is to be a woman across the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries * Nudge * In this intense, compelling novel, Sylvia Brownrigg writes vividly about passion rekindled in mid-life with the force of a tsunami. Pages for Her, the sequel to Pages for You, stands as a beautiful testament to human complexity, reminding us that fierce love comes in many forms, none of them mutually exclusive. A wonderful novel - completely engrossing. -- Claire Messud, author of <i>The Emperor's Children </i>and <i>The Woman Upstairs</i> With Pages for Her, Brownrigg does open-heart surgery, probing the deep chamber where unfinished love resides, untouchable by time, still beating -- Carol Anshaw, author of <i>Carry the One</i> Elegant, absorbing, beautifully written . . . the many fans of Pages for You will love this brilliant continuation of Flannery and Anne's story -- Kate Christensen, PEN-Faulkner-award winning author of <i>The Great Man</i> Nuanced, assured, and razor-sharp, Pages for Her is both a bittersweet story about rekindled love and a profound meditation on what it means to be alive. -- Christina Baker Kline, author of <i>Orphan Train</i> With Pages for Her, Sylvia Brownrigg has achieved the seemingly impossible, a gorgeous and piercing book that is both a huge gift to the many readers who loved its predecessor Pages for You, and an exquisitely intelligent stand-alone novel about the intertwined arcs of time and love. -- Ann Packer, author of <i>The Children's Crusade</i> Tender and sharply observant -- Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of <i>Harmless Like You</i> Brownrigg approaches her characters with clarity and sensitivity, capturing the nuances in the women's relationships . . . a tender, insightful novel * Kirkus * Reading Pages For Her is like going on the perfect date; it picks you up, impresses you with its knowledge, seduces you with its wit and soon sweeps you away into a different world * DIVA * Female friendship, platonic or sexual, is a big topic in current fiction and Brownrigg's novel, which has lots of insightful things to say about the relationship between women's lives and creativity, is a worthy contribution * Daily Mail * Pages for Her takes on all the Big Questions in women's lives: what we deserve; what we long for; how we get trapped; how we can break free -- Peggy Orenstein, author <i>Girls & Sex</i> Deeply thoughtful, absorbing * San Francisco Chronicle * A complex portrait of two women's sexuality . . . an absolute pleasure -- Alice Sebold, author of <i>The Lovely Bones</i> Sharp observations about motherhood and womanhood . . . Audacious, confident, smart, seductive * New York Times * Compelling . . . a beautiful testament to human complexity -- Claire Messud, author of <i>The Emperor's Children</i> Intimate and insightful * Mail on Sunday *