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Consequences
Penelope Lively
Adult Fiction LIVELY

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Summary: The Booker Prize-winning author’s first novel since The Photograph is a sweeping saga of three generations of women, their lives, and loves A chance meeting in St. James’s Park begins young Lorna and Matt’s intense relationship. Wholly in love, they leave London for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together—Matt’s woodcarving, Lorna’s self-discovery, their new baby, Molly—is shattered with the arrival of World War II. In 1960s London, Molly happens upon a forgotten newspaper—a 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 1941—and a redefinition of herself and of love. Told in Lively’s incomparable prose, Consequences is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century—its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.


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main characters Lorna Bradley
Female
Remarried
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.

Molly
Female
Mother
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.
Assistant

Ruth
Female
Married
Molly's daughter; researching her family's history.



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