This delightful novel describes the post-war summer of 1946 - and follows the growing-up of three young women in the months between leaving school and taking up their scholarships at university.
Una Vane, whose widowed mother runs a hairdressing salon in her front room ('Maison Vane Glory - Where Permanent Waves are Permanent'), goes bicycling with Ray, the boy who delivers the fish and milk. Hetty Fallowes struggles to become independent of her possessive, loving, tactless mother. And Lieselotte Klein, who had arrived in 1939 on a train from Hamburg, uncovers tragedy in the past and magic in the present.
Rooted in the north of England, THE FLIGHT OF THE MAIDENS is peopled with extraordinary characters, who are evoked with all the humour, compassion and eye for detail that mark Jane Gardam as one of Britain's most gifted and original novelists.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/10/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349114248
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Review by CarltonC
A warm and humorous story of three girls growing up in Yorkshire at the end of the Second World War and preparing, in their final summer holidays after school, to enter university.For such a short book, this very successfully covered a lot of experience, especially for Hetty, who goes away to stay in the Lake District, and Una, who goes cycling and youth hostelling. The story of Lieselotte (a refugee from the kindertransport) is successful when it moves to London, describing the aftermath of the Blitz, but less convincing in portraying the move to America.You really want to know what happens next, as the story is open-ended, but there is sufficient resolution for you to be satisfied.
Review by hemlokgang
Audiobook.............a lovely British, post WWII coming of age story of three young women. Completely simple, yet full of life wisdom. I really enjoyed this story.