The Ladies: A Novel

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Open Road Media, Nov 11, 2014 - Fiction - 213 pages
A tender and imaginative retelling of the adventures of two of history’s most compelling women

In 1778 Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby left County Kilkenny for Wales to live together as a married couple. Both well born, highly educated Irish women, the Ladies of Llangollen, as they came to be known, defied all eighteenth-century social convention and spent half a century together in a loving relationship.

Removed from the intrusive gaze of the world, the fictional Eleanor and Sarah retreat to their shared home to study literature and language and enjoy their solitude. In an imagined account, Doris Grumbach brings this gripping chronicle to new audiences. With a keen sense of the rhythms and routines of longtime partnership, Grumbach breathes vivid life into this fascinating story of a passion both shocking and steadfast.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

THE LADIES, by Doris Grumbach. I've been reading Doris Grumbach's books for well over twenty years now, but up until now only her non-fiction - memoirs and essays - her thoughts on life, ageing and ... Read full review

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A sweet old fashioned lesbian love story. Read full review


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About the author (2014)

Doris Grumbach, author of many novels and memoirs including Fifty Days of Solitude, Life in a DayThe Ladies, and Chamber Music, has been literary editor of the New Republic, a nonfiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review, a book reviewer for National Public Radio, and a bookseller in Washington, DC, and Maine. She lives in Philadelphia.

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