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Clever Girl is an indelible story of one woman’s life unfolded in a series of beautifully sculpted episodes that illuminate an era moving from the s to today from one of Britain’s leading literary lights Tessa Hadley the author of the New York Times Notable Books Married Love and The London TrainLike Alice Munro and Colm Tóibin Tessa Hadley brilliantly captures the beauty innocence and irony of ordinary lives. I loved Clever Girl which tells the story of Stella a working class girl from Bristol from her years as a child of a single mother through when she is about 50 and a mother herself Her story told in episodes is a lovely uiet character study I did not want to say goodbye to her when the book ended This blurb about the book says a lot of why I liked it Written with the celebrated precision intensity and complexity that have marked her previous works Clever Girl is a powerful exploration of family relationships and class in modern life witnessed through the experiences of an Englishwoman named Stella Stella s story demonstrates that as a friend of mine likes to say life is curly not lived in a straight line She has many experiences that could have defeated her but she just kept going believing at some level that she truly was a clever girlI had such a great feeling at the end of this book it left me feeling optimistic Highly recommended

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Clever Girl

An ability to transform the mundane into the sublime that elevates domestic fiction to literary artWritten with the celebrated precision intensity and complexity that have marked her previous works Clever Girl is a powerful exploration of family relationships and class in modern life witnessed through the experiences of an English woman named Stella Unfolding in a series of snapshots Tessa Hadley’s moving novel f. Normally I do not care for books that are short on dialogue and full of descriptive language or third person narrative but I relished Clever Girl s exuisite language and found myself underlining passage after passage This novel is uiet but riveting Hadley s novel is a 5 star treat for readers who enjoy a brilliant character study Having not read any of Hadley s novels previously I was blown away by her style her deft use of language her precision her ability to use just a few sentences or even a handful of words to conjure up a vivid image in my mind I cannot list all the passages I underlined but will relate just this is one But today I couldn t hear a sound in the house I was the first to break the skin of the day stepping out on the lino which struck its frozen cold up through the warm soles of my feet When I parted the curtains and looked out the familiar scrappy back landscape trellis and dustbins and old bikes and crazy paving stepping stones was glazed in sunshine gleaming from its dip into the night There s something that s truly extraordinary in the episodic telling Tessa Hadley s keen ability to capture an emotion an interaction or a juncture is so real that Stella could have walked off the page For readers who love character driven books without lots of bells and whistles this is a beautifully fulfilling read

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Ollows Stella from the shallows of childhood growing up with a single mother in a Bristol bedsit in the s into the murky waters of middle ageClever Girl is a story vivid in its immediacy and rich in drama violent deaths failed affairs broken dreams missed chances Yet it is Hadley’s observations of everyday life her keen skill at capturing the ways men and women think and feel and relate to one another that dazzle. Fiction doesn t get better than this This novel follows Stella from her childhood in England to her present day middle age It s an exploration of relationships and class as well as dramatic incidents tragic deaths failed affairs broken dreams So well written that I m sad it s over the highest test was not in what you chose but in how you lived what befell you


10 thoughts on “Clever Girl

  1. says:

    Clever is defined as intelligent ingenious insightful It doesn't mean wise showing good judgement Stella the narrator is certainly clever but rarely wise Through snapshots of her life from childhood to middle age we read how she faces the challenges of each stage of life This book is not for those readers who are attrac

  2. says:

    or possibly 45 According to Harold Bloom we read to be less lonely as we can never know enough people Clever Gir

  3. says:

    I loved Clever Girl which tells the story of Stella a working class girl from Bristol from her years as a child of a single mother through when she is about 50 and a mother herself Her story told in episodes is a lovely uiet character study I did not want to say goodbye to her when the book ended This blurb about the book says a

  4. says:

    Look in the dictionary for the definition of “clever” and you’ll find these words uick to understand or apply ideasastute intelligent sharpSo is Stella the protagonist of Tessa Hadley’s novel truly a clever girl? At one point Stella answers that uestion herself “In the wrong contexts cleverness is just an inhibiting clumsiness”St

  5. says:

    Normally I do not care for books that are short on dialogue and full of descriptive language or third person narrative but I relished Clever Girl’s exuisite language and found myself underlining passage after passage This novel is uiet but riveting Hadley’s novel is a 5 star treat for readers who enjoy a brilliant character study Having not read any of Hadley's novels previously I was blown away by her style her deft use of language he

  6. says:

    Nothing is WastedDomestic Fiction Not something that I had recognized as a separate genre until the London Sunday Times reviewer mentioned it on the back cover of this highly satisfying novel The chronicle of ordinary lives But I realize that it is something that I greatly enjoy and a genre in which Tessa Hadley is an una

  7. says:

    Oh why didn't this win all the prizes? I loved it Beautiful writing but it's the character of Stella that I enjoyed even fierce but

  8. says:

    Fiction doesn't get better than this This novel follows Stella from her childhood in England to her present day middle age It's an exploration of relationships and class as well as dramatic incidents tragic deaths failed affairs broken dreams So well written that I'm sad it's over the highest test was not in what you chose but in how you l

  9. says:

    A uiet deceptively simple novel about one woman’s journey through life family upheaval love academia and unplanned mother

  10. says:

    Like one of those dreams where you know it's your house even though it looks nothing like your house How does it feel to have a baby who doesn't sleep? Exactly like this To believe in the holiness of an inanimate thing as a child? Like this To cook and clean and love and hate? Like this Beyond its immersive ual

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