Crucial Conversations by May Sarton (1975)

Crucial conversations May Sarton

From the review of Crucial Conversations by May Sarton in The Carroll Daily Times Herald,  May, 1975:  This reviewer found this an utterly satisfying novel because it has lovely language and many messages that tickle the intellect or warm the heart.

May Sarton is a poet of note, also a novelist; she has lived a long time, been a perceptive observer and is a wise woman.

The story is a far cry from blood and thunder and bizarre sexual encounters. Its format is a series of conversations between sensitive people about marriage and divorce and finding oneself. 

The familiarity of the material only makes this book seem to speak to each reader alone: to a wife, asking how free she is to pursue her own art within the confines of marriage; to a husband, asking if his work is his ‘real life’; to a friend of an estranged couple, probing his vicarious life; to a child of estranged parents and to a mother and mother-in-law, the challenge — must you take sides?

The subtitle may be as good a summary as any: ‘Told through a series of vivid personal confrontations, a novel about a woman who explodes out of a suffocating marriage.’ For a small book, this one has large implications for all thoughtful readers. (Mary Ann Riley)

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