Daughters-in-lawBook - 2011
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you can change locations but you cant change your situation until you change yourself"
She had not been brought up to regard art as vocational, as central to anyone’s existence. Indeed, until she met Anthony, she’d encountered no one who thought art was anything more than a self-indulgent privilege granted to very few.
he just stood there, holding his empty wine glass, and thinking that if all you really needed was love then that was actually a very demanding and complicated recipe for human survival.
Probably we spoiled her . . . and she thrived on being spoiled except that she can’t take anything other than praise, she can’t deal with opinion that doesn’t coincide with what she wants to do anyway.
the wedding was wonderful. But marriage isn’t just more of the same. And most of all, marriage doesn’t happen in _public_. It’s not a sort of performance where you can ask the audience for help when you feel things aren’t going your way. You’ve got to sort it, together.
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Rachel has always loved being at the centre of her large family. She has fiercely devoted herself to her three sons all their lives,and continues to do so even now they are all grown up. They are, of course, devoted to her – she and Anthony, their father, hold the family together at their big, beautiful, ramshackle house near the wide, bird-haunted coast of Suffolk.
But when Luke, her youngest, gets married, Rachel finds that control is slipping away. Other people seem to be becoming more important to her children than she is, and she can no longer rely on her role as undisputed matriarch. A power struggle develops which can only end in unhappiness; her three daughters-in-law want to do things their own way, and so, to her grief, do her sons...
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