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Free Love
Free Love: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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Tessa Hadley recruits admirers with each book. She writes with authority, and with delicacy: she explores nuance, but speaks plainly; she is one of those writers a reader trusts.Hilary Mantel From the bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past comes a compulsive new novel about one womans sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London. 1967. While London comes alive with the new youth revolution, the suburban Fischer family seems to belong to an older world of conventional stability: pretty, dutiful homemaker Phyllis is married to Roger, a devoted father with a career in the Foreign Office. Their children are Colette, a bookish teenager, and Hugh, the golden boy. But when the twenty-something son of an old friend pays the Fischers a visit one hot summer evening, and kisses Phyllis in the dark garden after dinner, something in her catches fire. Newly awake to the world, Phyllis makes a choice that defies all expectations of her as a wife and a mother. Nothing in these ordinary lives is so ordinary after all, it turns out, as the familys upheaval mirrors the dramatic transformation of the society around them. With scalpel-sharp insight, Tessa Hadley explores her characters inner worlds, laying bare their fears and longings. Daring and sensual, Free Love is an irresistible exploration of romantic love, sexual freedom and living out the truest and most meaningful version of our selves a novel that showcases Hadleys unrivaled ability to put on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own (Lily King, author of Euphoria).
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Gleefulreader
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Set in 1960s Britain, this book was a bit of Anna Karenina, a bit of Madame Bovary but with a modern twist in a very British style similar to Ian McEwan or Alan Hollingsworth. Some interesting twists. My first Tessa Hadley, but won‘t be my last.

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Gleefulreader
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On to this book which has a very retro, classic feel to it, as though it could have been written 100 years ago.

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Kazzie
Free Love: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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I liked it, although it didn‘t end how I thought it would. Characters surprised me, especially Roger, the husband. I wanted the story of Phylis to end neater, but that‘s maybe part of her character: not as definable.

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ReadingEnvy
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Phyllis is a 40 year old suburban housewife in 1967 when the son of friends kisses her in the dark after a dinner party. She leaves her family on somewhat of a whim and enters his world of artists and socio-political upheaval, much to the confusion of her husband and kids.↘️

ReadingEnvy I was struck by how differently London feels during this era (at least, as written by this author) from how I usually encounter the United States during the same era, which is more dominated by war and civil rights (and of course, Communism being more tolerated in the UK.) But it is because of this that Phyllis might as well leap into a new life.↘️ 6mo
ReadingEnvy The book is kind of slow but really picks up at 65% or so, when a detail is revealed that explains why the author gave us previous detail that felt unimportant. There is a lot of clash between old ways and the new, for instance the younger boy is sent off to boarding school the way his family had always done it, while the older daughter is left to fend for herself (and because of traditional roles, also expended to fend for her father.) 6mo
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Sophronisba
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Earlier this week I read that every novel is about whether life is worth living. I'm not sure that is true of every novel, but it is definitely true of this one. A perfect but bored Phyllis Fischer makes a choice that changes her life completely and ripples through her family. Was she right or wrong, to upend the lives of so many other people in order to find her true self? The writing is stellar and the characters are unforgettable.

BarbaraBB Ooh, this sounds so good. Stacked! 7mo
CarolynM Great review. I'm hoping to get to this one soon. 6mo
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nocto
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I love Tessa Hadley's writing. This is 1967 and suburban housewife Phyllis runs off with her younger lover leaving her two children and husband behind. You see how this affects everyone in the family and one of the things I like is how all the viewpoints complement each other, there's no one victim, and you see how things wouldn't have been perfect if Phyllis had stayed either. Really good character portraits all around.

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nocto
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I feel like I got short changed in February - where are the last two or three days of the month?! I'll be leaving the two books that I've started and not finished on the list for March I think. My #bookspin - tagged - was one of the new hardbacks I put on the list so I'd have an excuse to buy it and it's fab and I don't want to rush it.

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BookishTrish
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Phyllis is our Mme Bovary / Anna Karenina / Edna Pontellier in 1960s England. She chucks her marriage to a Foreign Officer for a romance with someone young enough to be her son. No ‘punishing suïcide‘ but the ending still broke me quietly.

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BookishTrish
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Lofty plans