Pub Date 16 May 2017
Margaret Maguire: a widow and grandmother, home from the hospital in time for Christmas, is no longer able to ignore the consequences of having married an imperious and arrogant man. Despite her efforts to be a good wife and mother in small-town Iowa, her adult children are now strangers to one another, past hope of reconciliation. Margaret’s granddaughter could be the one to break the cycle, but she can’t do it without Margaret’s help. It’s time to take stock, to examine the past—even time for Margaret to call herself to account.
By turns tenacious and tender, contrary and wry, Margaret examines her life’s tragedies and joys, motivations and choices, coming to view herself and the past with compassion, if not entirely with forgiveness. Beautifully rendered and poignantly told, Evensong is a realistic portrait of a woman searching for tranquility at the end of her days.
A Note From the Publisher
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“Evensong is the story of a woman at the end of her life, taking a clear-eyed look at it. And it seems to me that along the way Kate Southwood performs a series of literary miracles. For this is a novel that both expands and compresses a life, that lays bare and embellishes it. The story is as specific as an intimate memory whispered by a person to herself, and as universal as the ongoingness of life itself. There were a few times I gasped at the beauty of the prose; there were many more times I underlined passages to go back and relish again. You need read only the first page--or any page--to understand that what is offered here is an inspiring work of art. Truly, this is literature at its best. I loved this book.”—Elizabeth Berg