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One of my favorite 20th century novels,
This review is from: The New House (Paperback)
I wish there were more novels by Lettice Cooper to be be had. Even her celebrated "National Provincial" is becoming more and more difficult to find, particularly in the US. But, fortunately for everyone, Persephone Books and Virago Modern Classics have reissued "The New House", which is my favorite, and Virago have also reissued "Fenny".
Lettice Cooper's writing is beautifully fluid and deceptively simple; her characters come alive with an economy of words, and she manages to engage the reader's interest in a way that is neither manipulative nor assaulting. Instead, one finds oneself turning the pages with a kind of serene pleasure, knowing oneself to be in the hands of a most elegant and subtle intellect.
If you like Anita Brookner and Penelope Lively and want to read a sort of forerunner, you'll love Lettice Cooper.