by Jane Gardam
Published in 1978, this is a coming of age story for Margaret Marsh. Margaret is eight years old and has been recently displaced by her newborn brother.
During this critical summer of adjustment for Margaret, she meets two of her mother’s childhood friends, Charles and Binkie. Binkie and Charles reveal a different side of her mother to Margaret. The summer also reveals another side to Margaret’s father, a severe and God-fearing man.
Though it is short, this novel is somewhat slow and not nearly as entertaining as the Old Filth trilogy.