Gaining Ground, Paperback
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I absolutely adore this book. Read it many years ago when I was working as a Library Tech, and recently, unable to buy it, purchased it online through a bookshop who sells hard to get books. The story of a woman who gives up her family life and goes to live in a cottage in the country in the United States, and exists on mainly her own vegies, learns how to chop wood, and generally isolates herself happily gives me such a sense of yearning. Her daughter turns up, full of anger, hurt and also shame, over her mother's actions, her appearance, and her belief her mother is selfish. It brings up all sorts of emotions for both women, and the storyteller goes as far as getting into her daughers car to return with her to the city. As her daughter clips on the seat belt, the woman panics, jumps out of the car and goes back to resume her solitary life. An absolute joy to read!!!! Especially if city life and other people are bugging you and a change of life is what you yearn for.

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I can't say much about this book, because it would give away too much about me. Suffice to say that it is an excellent book which presents a rather different perspective on a woman's relationship with her husband and children.

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