The Flight of the MaidensBook - 2001
A moving novel follows three unforgettable young Yorkshire women--Hetty Fallowes, determined to separate herself from her controlling mother; Una Vane, who delves into a relationship with a man from the wrong side of town; and Liselotte Klein, a Jewish refugee who must overcome many challenges--as they prepare for their departure for university in Cambridge and London in 1946.
Blackwell North Amer
It is the summer of 1946. It is a time of clothing coupons and food rations, of postwar deprivations and social readjustment. In this precarious, new world Hetty Fallowes struggles to become independent of her suffocatingly possessive mother, whose jealousy of her daughter runs almost as deep as her pride in Hetty's accomplishments. While the bookish Hetty rebels intellectually against her family, her best friend, Una Vane, asserts her nascent womanhood with a sexually interesting fellow from the wrong side of the Yorkshire tracks and the left side of local politics. And Liselotte Klein, a Jewish refugee who arrived solitary, plump and clever from Hamburg in 1939 to be billeted by Quakers, comes through painful trials in London to surprising possibilities.
By the summer's end, all three young women in this poignant, beautifully realized novel have begun to learn that they, like their parents, know neither everything nor nothing - and that a ticket to the future is issued in the past.
Follows three unforgettable Yorkshire women--independent Hetty Fallowes, rebellious Una Vane, and Jewish refugee Liselotte Klein--as they prepare for their departure for university in Cambridge and London in 1946.
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There was a dream next, and inside it she knew she had dreamed it so many times that it had become a depth of dreams...It was a spyglass view of a figure at a great distance, growing smaller all the time...but she knew it was a man...she felt a terrible love and grief. Then he vanished in a roaring of wheels and steam that blew across her vision...She must not sleep again, for the dream would come back...her bedroom door opened a little wider and one of the skulls of the Belsen films looked round it, and then disappeared. pg. 225
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