Title: An Experiment in Love
Author: Mantel, Hilary
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co., New York
Publication Date: 1996
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: VG
D-j Condition: F
Comments: Tiny bump on bottom of front board. Stain on back board.
Synopsis: Hilary Mantel’s seventh novel examines the pressures on women during the 1960s to excel–but not be too successful–in England’s complex hierarchy of class and status. Pushed by a domineering mother, Carmel McBain climbs her way through the pecking order and ends up at London University as an acquiescent and undernourished teenager, achieving the status so desired by her mother, but too weak to make use of it or pose a threat to anyone. Though this is Carmel’s story, it reflects on a generation of girls desiring the power of men, but fearful of abandoning what is expected and proper.