The Flight of the Maidens

The Flight of the Maidens

Paperback - 2017
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Jane Gardam, author of the Old Filth Trilogy, delivers another modern classic in The Flight of the Maidens . With her characteristic wit, Gardam captures a moment in time for three young women on the cusp of adulthood. With keen perception the novel charts the course of this trio as they boldly face their uncertain futures.

It is Yorkshire, 1946. The end of the war has changed the world again, and
emboldened by this new dawning Hetty Fallows, Una Vane, and Lisolette Klein seize the opportunities with enthusiasm. Hetty, desperate to escape the grasp of her critical mother, books a solo holiday to the Lake District under the pretext of completing her Oxford summer coursework. Una, the daughter of a disconcertingly cheery hairdresser, entertains a romantically inclined young man from the wrong side of the tracks and the left-side of politics. Meanwhile, Lisolette Klein, the mysterious Jewish refugee from Germany, leaves the Quaker family who had rescued her, to test herself in London. Although strikingly different from one another, these young women share the common goal of adventure and release from their middle class surroundings through romance and education.

Gardam demonstrates her talent for creating fully realized characters in these venturesome, intelligent young women whose stories are told with delight and understanding. This reissue of The Flight of the Maidens will appeal to a wide range of adult and young adult readers.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2017.
ISBN: 9781609454050
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 21 cm.

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uncommonreader
Apr 19, 2019

It is 1946 and two young women from the North are off to university. This is the story of their growing up.

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EmilyEm
Sep 22, 2017

Newly published, this earlier book by a favorite author has all the charm and humor of her other work. Three young women, scholarship winners to attend college in 1946 England, encounter life and love in the summer prior to the school term.

A pivotal time and place for these three women, two of whom are from families of diminished means and one a Jewish girl who was part of the Kindertransport put in the care of a Quaker couple. Wonderful. So many wonderful characters.

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Kelseydoolittle
Jun 24, 2015

placed in the wrong library bin=
returned to Merlo when should have been returned to Lincoln Park

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 24, 2014

It's funny because I picked this book up a few months back and could not get into it in any way. Totally forgot I'd had it and picked it up again and this time I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and understand the three young British women. Their stories of their lives immediately after WWII were interesting and reflect the times very well. Just goes to show how a book can hit you in different ways at different times in your life.

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