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Amanda R.

I really loved Frost in May when I read it a few years ago. I thought The Lost Traveller was only okay, but it felt very different from Frost in May. I should probably go back and reread before embarking on the next in the series. Great review!

Stefanie

Definitely sounds autobiographical. I can't imagine growing up in such a restrictive environment, it seems like it practically demands transgression with such unrealistic expectations

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

I still haven't read this although I've owned a nice Virago for ages but never opened it so that I hadn't realised that Elizabeth Bowen was a big fan: that's a good enough recommendation for me (obviously, with your backing of that up too!).

Caroline

I think I would like this and I have a wish. I don't think you've done a Thursday Thirteen with Coming of Age Novels or have you? I just love them. Many of those I read and loved are not YA novels at all but told by a much older narrator who is looking back. That makes them so nostalgic.

litlove

Mr Litlove gave this to my for my birthday last year and I've yet to get around to it, though I want to (sound familiar??). Thank you for this wonderful review, Danielle. You've just bumped Antonia White up my list and made me very interested in learning more about her life.

Danielle

The Lost Traveller felt very different to me, too. I was sort of up and down with it. When I first started reading--loved it, then the story sort of slowed, but when she became a governess I got very much into the story again. So, a little uneven, but I am compelled to keep reading the other books! Thanks for the kind words--I think I left this book too long to write about it like I wanted to. By any chance are you going to the NASIG conference, Amanda? In TX at the end of the month?

Danielle

Doesn't it though? To not even be able to have a close friend of your own! I went to Catholic school nearly my whole school career (save college), so it was really interesting reading this--of course my experience was mostly vastly different!

Danielle

Yup, that was me. The intro by Bowen was written ages ago--in the late 40s. I like Elizabeth Bowen, too, though I find her somewhat challenging at times. I am glad I finally got around to this one--must continue on with the last two books sometime soon. It's definitely worth reading--and I want to try her short stories, too.

Danielle

I am pretty sure I did do a list of coming of age stories (also a favorite of mine, too!!). Let me dig around a bit on the backside and see if I can find the link. I like an older narrator, too, who is looking back at their youth. You should try the William McPherson I read last year (it was an NYRB and most excellent--it is a coming of age stories of sorts). They always seem a little bittersweet, don't they?

Danielle

She would definitely be interesting to read about and maybe write about, too! :) I know she apparently really struggled with her writing after that initial success (so might, too, fit in nicely with the other writers you have been researching). You must have one of the lovely reissues? My cat Chispa got my my copy so the top and side have tiny kitty claw marks on it! And yes, I know only too well how that goes--getting books you can't wait to read, but then can't ever seem to get to either!

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