The Purple Swamp Hen by Penelope Lively

Stories. Not the fashionable contemporary kind– often they have some sort of twist to them. All third person with some distance. Focused on relationships that don’t quite work for some reason, often a failure of communication. A lot of them kind of blurred together, especially toward the end, with their marriages or not-quite, women in their 30’s who are successful but something’s off. I enjoyed reading them but I’m not sure they’ll stay with me.

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