“Passing On feels like real life drawn to scale, where private dreams dwarf the daily routine. . . . An expert at articulating character through place . . . Lively has a gift for invention and control. . . . The slow unfolding of secrets gives the book tension without melodrama.”Roz Spafford, San Francisco Chronicle
978-0-8021-3626-8 • $17.00 • Paperback • Apr. 1999
Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Lively is that rare writer who goes from strength to strength in book after perfectly assured book. In Passing On, she applies her distinctive insight and consummate artistry to the subtle story of a domineering and manipulative mother’s legacy to her children. With their mother’s death, Helen and Edward, both middle-aged and both unmarried, are left to face the ramifications of their mother’s hold on their lives for all of these years. Helen and Edward slowly learn to accept what has been lost in their own lives and embrace what can yet be retrieved.