Everything Will be All Right Paperback
by Tessa Hadley
Joyce Stevenson is thirteen when her widowed mother takes them to live with Aunt Vera, a formidable teacher neglected by her unfaithful husband.
Joyce watches the two sisters - her aunt's unbending dedication to the life of the mind, her mother worn down by housework - and thinks that each of them is powerless in her own way.
For Joyce, art school provides an escape route, and there she falls in love with one of her teachers.
When she marries and has children, she is determined to manage her relationship with a new freedom, and to save herself from the mistakes of the previous generation.
But her daughter Zoe, growing up, comes to see Joyce as a bourgeois housewife, and when Zoe has a baby of her own, she demands more from motherhood...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, 22 cm
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/03/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099462002
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Review by Phethean
I have just finished reading Tessa Hadley's Everythings will be All Right. Oh I do wish it would have been. Even though there were sentences and expressions within, which I found to be very insightful, I found the whole experience of reading the book a terrible chore.It basically was the life history of three generations of women, seen through their eyes. Their life's were full of self-inflicted grief, and it really was an account of how they got themselves into scrapes and out again, mostly involving men, and a baby thrown in for good measure (not to mention the death from meningitus). It isn't a book I would recommend, I only finished it because I set myself the task, which felt more like hard labour, and because I met the author, who I found very interesting, unlike her tale - which appears was loosely biographical tales from her family. I also took it's promise on the cover at face value... "Everything will be alright" - well I wished it had been, but unfortunately it wasn't. Shani 21.09.06