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The Grandmothers

(2003)
(Adoration)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Four novellas by Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, that once again show her to be unequalled in her ability to capture the truth of the human condition.

The title story, 'The Grandmothers', is an astonishing tour de force, a shockingly intimate portrait of an unconventional extended family and the lengths to which they will go to find happiness and love. Written with a keen cinematic eye, the story is a ruthless dissection of the veneer of middle-class morality and convention.

'Victoria and the Staveneys', takes us through 20 years of the life of a young underprivileged black girl in London. A chance meeting introduces her to the Staveneys - a liberal white middle-class family - and, seduced, she falls pregnant by one of the sons. As her daughter grows up, Victoria feels her parental control diminishing as the attractions of the Staveneys' world exert themselves. An honest and often uncomfortable look at race relations in London over the past few decades, Lessing reaffirms her brilliance at demonstrating the effect of society on the individual.

With these novellas, and 'The Reason for It' and 'A Love Child', Lessing proves once again that she is one of our most valuable and insightful living authors.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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May 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-7862-7222-8 / 978-0-7862-7222-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-06-053010-3 / 978-0-06-053010-5 (USA edition)
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October 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Grandmothers
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-715279-5 / 978-0-00-715279-7 (UK edition)
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January 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Grandmothers
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 1-4056-1088-3 / 978-1-4056-1088-9 (UK edition)
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January 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
Author(s): Doris May Lessing
ISBN: 1-4056-2076-5 / 978-1-4056-2076-5 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : UK Paperback

Title: Two Mothers
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-753231-8 / 978-0-00-753231-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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November 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: Adoration
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-754291-7 / 978-0-00-754291-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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January 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-06-053011-1 / 978-0-06-053011-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Grandmothers
Author(s): Doris May Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-715281-7 / 978-0-00-715281-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperPerennial
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November 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Grandmothers
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-716977-9 / 978-0-00-716977-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Grandmothers
Author(s): Doris Lessing
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
Author(s): Doris Lessing
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