Brief Lives

Anita Brookner

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Penguin Books Ltd
3 November 2016
ISBN: 9780241979396
Paperback

From the publisher

'I never liked her, nor did she like me; strange, then, how we managed to keep up a sort of friendship for so long.'

Fay Langdon has relinquished her singing career to marry Owen, a highly successful solicitor. At one of their dinner parties Fay meets the glamorous, self-obsessed Julia and is destined to join the handful of acolytes who provide Julia with ammunition for her merciless scorn and disapprobation.

As the years pass and Fay and Julia's lives grow empty of purpose, they are drawn together by their fear of age and isolation. Yet a mutual mistrust continues to exist between them until Fay is driven to one last heroic act.