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The Pure Gold Baby - Margaret Drabble
The Pure Gold Baby
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Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a... show more
Jessica Speight, a young anthropology student in 1960s London, is at the beginning of a promising academic career when an affair with her married professor turns her into a single mother. Anna is a pure gold baby with a delightful sunny nature. But as it becomes clear that Anna will not be a normal child, the book circles questions of responsibility, potential, even age, with Margaret Drabble’s characteristic intelligence, sympathy, and wit.Drabble once wrote, “Family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary; it is, perpetually, a dangerous place.” Told from the point of view of the group of mothers who surround Jess, The Pure Gold Baby is a brilliant, prismatic novel that takes us into that place with satiric verve, trenchant commentary, and a movingly intimate story of the unexpected transformations at the heart of motherhood.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780544158900 (0544158903)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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2.0 The Pure Gold Baby
A story of a single mother Jess with a special needs child Anna that ends up somewhat confusing because it is told as a first person narrative through the eyes of one of Jess's friends. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/02/the-pure-gold-baby.html
LitReactor
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3.5 BOOKSHOTS: Pure Gold or lead shot?
Title: The Pure Gold Baby Who wrote it? Margaret Drabble, grande dame of British fiction, author of many novels, staunch anti-Americanist. She is the sister of writer A.S. Byatt, but the two do not communicate after a disagreement over the portrayal of a family tea set in one of Drabble’s book...
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3.0
Anthropology student Jessica Speight is at the start of a budding anthropology career when she has an affair with her professor that leaves her a single mother. Though she has an irresistible charm and sweet demeanor, it soon becomes clear that Jessica's young daughter, Anna, is developmentally behi...
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