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A lovely, gentle read
on 3 June 2015
Having read a large number of Rose Tremain's books, I have come to terms with the softening that has occurred since her earlier, edgier works. The story of Ruby is that of a middle-aged woman coming to terms with the banality of her married existence, her thoughts exposed through her letters to Sister Benedict's, a childhood carer.
Overall the piece is a wonderful character study, the other characters fleshed out just enough to give context. I recommend all of 's Tremain's books as she is a gifted writer - but if this is your first experience of her work, you will need to taste one of her others such as Restoration or Music and Silence to fall in love, like many have, with the wonder of Rose Tremain.