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Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

 
 
Author
Barbara Comyns. Emily Gould, intro.
Publisher New York Review Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5 x 0.45 inches
ISBN 9781590178966
Pages/Publication Date 196/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59611
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"I told Helen my story and she went home and cried," begins this largely autobiographical 1950 novel from the author of The Vet's Daughter. Sophia is 21 and nave when she marries fellow artist Charles, and seems hardly fonder of her husband than she is of her pet newt. She can't keep house (everything she cooks tastes of soap), and she mistakes morning sickness for the aftereffects of a bad batch of strawberries. Yet despite the harrowing ordeals its heroine endures in Depression-era England, Barbara Comyns's novel is in fact a beguiling one. Too long out of print, it is presented here in a fine New York Review Books edition, with an introduction from writer and bookseller Emily Gould.

"A surprisingly charming and funny novel.... Much of the story revolves around issues of reproduction, housework, and economic opportunity that contemporary feminists would see as questions of justice. But Sophia narrates a story of fairy tale-like fatality, casting an amused, self-deprecating light on even the most painful moments."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
 
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