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Shirley Hazzard was born in Sydney in 1931. She has worked in Hong Kong, then New Zealand in the High Commissioner's Office. In 1951 she moved to New York where she worked for the United Nations. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy Award and the O. Henry Short Story Award.
National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Hazzard here tells of two sisters, Grace and Caroline Bell. Born in Australia and orphaned at an early age, the two make their way to England. There Grace opts for marriage and its securities; Caroline reaches for more and loves not always wisely but well. ``A strong, deep, poetic, vibrant novel,'' lauded PW. (Sept.)
'A wonderfully mysterious book ... Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich' ANNE TYLER 'A dose of the sublime .. I read it with an almost indescribable pleasure. There were sentences that brought tears of gratification to my eyes' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW