Lilian's Story

Paperback | October 14, 1994

byKate Grenville

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Madness, cruelty, and sexuality permeate the household in which Lilian Una Singer is raised-an upper-crust Victorian world of teacups and servants. But Lilian, shielded by layers of fat, an iron will, and an indomitable spirit, has her sights set on an education, love, and-finally-her own transcendent forms of independence.

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 Powerfully depicting the life of protagonist Lilian Singer, from her birth in the early 1900s to her old age, Lilian’s Story is a poignant first novel by Kate Grenville. The story follows Lilian as she reaches adolescence as a fat, homely girl with a relentless lack of social grace. Feeling increasingly alienated from her family and f...

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Madness, cruelty, and sexuality permeate the household in which Lilian Una Singer is raised-an upper-crust Victorian world of teacups and servants. But Lilian, shielded by layers of fat, an iron will, and an indomitable spirit, has her sights set on an education, love, and-finally-her own transcendent forms of independence.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.59 inPublished:October 14, 1994Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156001233

ISBN - 13:9780156001236

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 Powerfully depicting the life of protagonist Lilian Singer, from her birth in the early 1900s to her old age, Lilian’s Story is a poignant first novel by Kate Grenville. The story follows Lilian as she reaches adolescence as a fat, homely girl with a relentless lack of social grace. Feeling increasingly alienated from her family and friends and lacking prospects for marriage because of her excessive weight, Lilian enrolls as a university student. Her enrollment, however, remains brief due to a violent and horrible incident with her father that causes him to commit her to an insane asylum. This compelling narrative illuminates life in a troubled household and the power of one woman who just will not conform.