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Providence
Providence | Anita Brookner
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Kitty Maule longs to be "totally unreasonable, totally unfair, very demanding, and very beautiful." She is instead clever, reticent, self-possessed, and striking. For years. Kitty has been tactfully courting her colleague Maurice Bishop, a detached, elegant English professor. Now, running out of patience, Kitty's amorous pursuit takes her from rancorous academic committee rooms and lecture halls to French cathedrals and Parisian rooming houses, from sittings with her dress-making grandmother to seances with a grandmotherly psychic. Touching, funny, and stylistically breathtaking, Providence is a brightly polished gem of romantic comedy.
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Cathythoughts
Providence | Anita Brookner
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“They were married on his embarkation leave. Louise made her daughters wedding dress, sitting up all night to finish it. It was of the palest pink china silk; an audacious choice destined to set off her daughter‘s delicate white skin. Instead of a veil , there was a little pill-box hat. It was the most beautiful wedding dress Louise had ever made. “

Very happy to be reading Anita Brookner again ♥️

Tamra I need to read more! 3mo
Cathythoughts @tamra I do too. She is kind of perfect ♥️ (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen You bought this one for me several years ago and I loved it SO MUCH! ❤️ 3mo
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batsy Oh gosh, I really must read more of her! 3mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m glad you loved it. She‘s unique ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I know. She‘s very good. X 3mo
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Centique
Providence | Anita Brookner
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A lovely little bittersweet novel from Brookner - which I‘m pairing with a teeny village hall in the Bay of Islands.
If you already know you like Brookner you‘ll like this! If you‘re new to Brookner, its a slow unravelling of the life of Kitty - a quiet, elegant, intellectual, almost “out of time” woman in her late twenties. Kitty is an English literature lecturer; we see her analysis of a 19th c novel as well as her academic life. Quite lovely.

LeahBergen I loved this one! 👍 6mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 6mo
Reggie Ooooh, I can‘t. I tried Brookner once and it was a no. But I‘ve heard such wonderful things about her books. 6mo
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CarolynM I read a few Brookner years ago. I appreciated her writing but I found her heroines incredibly frustrating @Reggie 6mo
Centique @CarolynM yes you would find this one frustrating too! I think if it was longer id get frustrated with Kitty, but theres something about being in a setting alongside Brookner‘s point of view that is quite addictive to me regardless of the characters. 6mo
Centique @Reggie I understand! Its just a flavour i like - quiet genteel desperation with a side of misogyny 😂😂 6mo
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sisilia
Providence | Anita Brookner
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4⭐️ 2/24 With Brookner, I can feel the pain of the protagonist so vividly that I wonder what I‘d do if I were in the same situation. I am happy that Kitty Maule is established professionally; and I hope this character will find love one day. But really, Kitty, being single is not the end of the world. Just enjoy life and live life!

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sisilia
Providence | Anita Brookner
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In my pj‘s ☺️... Ending Monday with Anita Brookner

Cathythoughts Anita Brookner❤️ 3y
sisilia @Cathythoughts 🙌🏻 She‘s soooo good, and I really love her dark academia style 3y
batsy What a lovely way to spend Monday night. (Note to self: must read more Brookner!) 3y
LeahBergen I loved this one! 3y
sisilia @batsy 24 titles 😃 Come join me in reading them all 😆 3y
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LeahBergen
Providence | Anita Brookner
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It‘s Anita Brookner time!

Thanks to @Cathythoughts for this lovely read 😘😘

(See? I DO eventually get around to my Litsy-gifted books 😆😆).

TrishB 😂😂 we all do eventually! 5y
Cathythoughts Im so glad it was a lovely read. I love her & still remember lines from some of her books I‘ve read ❤️👍🏻 5y
erzascarletbookgasm 😁 Hope you enjoy. This sounds lovely. Stacking of course :) 5y
Aimeesue I've never read Brookner. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it! 5y
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