The Little Girls by Elizabeth Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the first page, I was smitten with the constant question of what was the unknown, what were the secrets and what would be the outcome.
The British turn of phrase is sometimes a challenge to decipher, but always, for me, a delight.
Three women who were good friends as 11 year old girls are reunited 50 years later, with unsettling outcomes. I am actually still thinking through what those were. As girls, they had buried a coffer of each of their belongings. As adults, that coffer is the subject of their reunion and their quest to see if it is still buried.
Deep emotion rules the pages. Is it ever a good idea to ruffle up the past and those secrets we thought were buried. You just never know.
In reading reviews of this book, I find that some have not found the secrets. I think this is such a well-written book that keeps the reader at attention to the story and it's revelations if she can only keep at it. Perhaps it is so good that each reader finds different endings.
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