Top critical review
Reviewed in Australia on 4 April 2017
I wonder if every woman would feel the agony of loss and sense of personal failure that is revealed by the narrator, Lucy Barton. There is no story as such; events in her life are mainly only hinted at or mentioned incidentally. Lucy Barton explores her memories of growing up, tries to confirm them or learn more from others, and tries to determine what damage she has suffered. Increasingly aware of her own dysfunction, she realises how much she has hurt her daughters by her actions.