Our book club book for July 2020
About the book:
“[The book] I’ll be pressing into people’s hands forever is “Lolly Willowes,” the 1926 novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It tells the story of a woman who rejects the life that society has fixed for her in favor of freedom and the most unexpected of alliances. It completely blindsided me: Starting as a straightforward, albeit beautifully written family saga, it tips suddenly into extraordinary, lucid wildness.” – Helen Macdonald in The New York Times Book Review‘s “By the Book.”
In Lolly Willowes, Sylvia Townsend Warner tells of an aging spinster’s struggle to break way from her controlling family—a classic story that she treats with cool feminist intelligence, while adding a dimension of the supernatural and strange. Warner is one of the outstanding and indispensable mavericks of twentieth-century literature, a writer to set beside Djuna Barnes and Jane Bowles, with a subversive genius that anticipates the fantastic flights of such contemporaries as Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson.
Lolly Willowes has been described as an early feminist classic. It is featured on a number of 'must-read' lists, including list by and for lesbian feminists, as the book satirizes the mainstream gender roles of the period.
We will be ordering this book and will have a limited stock available for purchase. Pre-order now to claim your while you can! While you're at it, make sure you get your ticket to bookclub: