Arthur Schnitzler, The Road into the Open. A novel of life in pre-World War I Vienna. In this capital of an uneasy empire, indecision and antisemitism are the themes.
Susan Cheever, American Bloomsbury. Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthrone, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.
Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door. This is the second novel of the trilogy set during World War I which began with Regeneration. We learn of the continued activities of Billy Prior, Siegfried Sassoon, and Dr. Rivers.
Cathleen Schine, Rameau’s Niece.
Apparently influenced by translating a mildly-pornographic philosophical work, a writer with lots of words but little memory gives her perfectly satisfactory husband a hard time.
Cathleen Schine, The Three Weissmanns of Westport. This one is more like it. A mother and two daughters try to figure out the changes in their lives while inhabiting a cottage at Compo Beach in Westport, CT, just up the road from where I live now.An interesting set of people despite some improbabilities, but a good read.