In Falling Slowly, Anita Brookner brilliantly evokes the origins, nature, and consequences of human isolation. As middle age settles upon the Sharpe sisters, regret over chances not taken casts a shadow over their contented existence. Beatrice, a talented if uninspired pianist, gives up performing, a decision motivated by stiffening joints and the sudden realization that her art has never brought her someone to love. Miriam, usually calm and lucid, slides headlong into an affair with a charming, handsome--and very married--man. And as each woman awakens to the urgency of her loneliness, illness threatens to sever them both from the one happiness they have grown to count on: each other. Painfully wise, the Sharpe sisters embody the conflicting yearnings Jane Austen delineated in Sense and Sensibility.
"Brookner is a writer of great skill and precision." --Los Angeles Times
"If Henry James were around, the only writer he'd be reading with complete approval would be Anita Brookner." --The New York Times Book Review
"Few contemporary novelists can match Ms. Brookner's consistently high level of achievement." --The Wall Street Journal
"Anita Brookner works a spell on the reader; being under it is both an
education and a delight." --The Washington Post Book World