Rosamond Lehmann’s Dusty Answer “is both universal and deliciously particular”

Harriet Lane writes about Rosamond Lehmann’s novel Dusty Answer:

“Lehmann’s story is both universal and deliciously particular, like all the best coming-of-age stories. No one has written more brilliantly about having one’s heart broken, about despair and longing, humiliation and hope: all the wretched thrilling chaos that accompanies growing up. Finding it at 15 felt a little like stumbling upon magic. Miraculously, all these years and re-readings later, it still has that effect on me.”

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