By May Sarton
In this poignant and poetic novel, in retrospect on her sixty years, a demise lady examines the nice relationships of her existence
When she learns that she is loss of life, Laura Spelman vows to spend her ultimate yr basically on what concerns such a lot. As she quick realizes, this implies coming to phrases together with her so much fruitful and critical bonds—her "real connections"—all of that have been with ladies. From her tempestuous daughter and loved aunt, to a promising lesbian author she is mentoring and a loved pal from her formative years, Laura revisits her most vital relationships, every one fraught with its personal historical past and meaning.
Insightful and witty, A Reckoning is an unforgettable portrait of 1 woman's trip to grab existence ahead of it ends, and of the facility in embracing the truth that the main demanding interactions are frequently the main rewarding.
This booklet positive factors a longer biography of may well Sarton.
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