Adult Fiction LIVELY
Summary: The Booker Prize-winning authorÂs first novel since The Photographis a sweeping saga of three generations of women, their lives, and loves A chance meeting in St. JamesÂs Park begins young Lorna and MattÂs intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life togetherÂMattÂs woodcarving, LornaÂs self-discovery, their new baby, MollyÂis shattered with the arrival of World War II. In 1960s London, Molly happens upon a forgotten newspaperÂa seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. Thirty years later, Ruth, who has always considered her existence a peculiar accident, questions her own marriage and begins a journey that takes her back to 1941Âand a redefinition of herself and of love. Told in LivelyÂs incomparable prose, Consequencesis a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous centuryÂits major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.
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Upper-class upbringing; lost her husband in World War II; relocates herself and her daughter to London where she marries a friend of her deceased husband.
Lorna's daughter; father died in action; works as a library assistant; involved in a love affair with a wealthy man who fathered her child.
Molly's daughter; researching her family's history.