discussing Brownrigg's new novel, Pages for Her, the story of two women, Flannery and Anne, each at a personal turning point, and the circumstances that lead to their reunion.
"Brownrigg . . . approaches her characters with clarity and sensitivity, capturing the nuances in the women's relationships to the people they love--as mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife, or lover--and the power they give those people to define and inspire them . . . Brownrigg considers motherhood, romance, identity, and the changes brought by time in this tender, insightful novel."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled in Brownrigg's earlier novel, Pages for You, Flannery has the chance once again to meet Anne, who opened young Flannery up to the possibility of love--then left her heartbroken.
Having long ago put their love behind them, they live now on opposite coasts. Anne has been in a deep, childless partnership with a fellow scholar, Jasper, who recently left her. Flannery, to her own surprise, married a charismatic artist named Charles, with whom she has a young daughter. Submerged by her husband's demands and personality and her adjustment to motherhood, Flannery has lost sight of her self and her work. When the two women meet at a conference, they find that the passion and understanding between them has endured, though it has been hidden. In rediscovering each other, they are able to rediscover themselves.
Pages for Her is an exhilarating, passionate work that explores marriage, sexuality, and the transformative power of love over time.
Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction: four novels-- Morality Tale, The Delivery Room, winner of the Northern California Book Award, Pages for You, winner of the Lambda Award, and The Metaphysical Touch--and a collection of stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World. She lives in Berkeley.
Peggy Orenstein is the author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, Schoolgirls and, most recently, Girls & Sex.