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Conditions of Faith

by Alex Miller

Filled with atmospheric descriptions of Australian, French and Tunisian scenery, this novel tells the story of a young woman torn between the traditional female roles of wife, lover and mother, and her desire to follow the life of the mind. It takes a while to get into, but it then turns out to be a highly entertaining, unpredictable and thought-provoking read.

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On the inside of the wardrobe door was a long dressing mirror. She slipped the silk chemise over her head and tossed it onto the bed beside her dress. Naked, she stood side-on to the mirror and examined her profile. There was a definite rounding of her lower belly.
"You are a pregnant woman, Emily Stanton," she said, as if her own fate were detached from the fate of the woman in the mirror.

Parallels

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
 

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