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The Sweetest Dream

by Doris Lessing

A novel of breadth - the core is the naive political idealism of one person and its rippling effect on the circle of people around him. Is Frances manipulated into her role as earth mother, or is it something she subconciously clings to? She rules her kitchen - the centre of existance for much of the social flotsum which ebbs and flows around her life and dinners.

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'Just a minute, Johnny' said Frances. 'You are asking me to take on your second wife's daughter because you two can't cope with her?'
'That's about it,' admitted Johnny, smiling. There was a long pause. It occured to enthusiastic Sophie and Geoffrey that Frances was not taking this in the spirit of universal liberal idealism they had just assumed she would.

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