By Anita Brookner
In Falling Slowly, Anita Brookner brilliantly conjures up the origins, nature, and effects of human isolation. As center age settles upon the Sharpe sisters, remorse over probabilities no longer taken casts a shadow over their contented life. Beatrice, a skilled if uninspired pianist, supplies up appearing, a call stimulated through stiffening joints and the surprising cognizance that her paintings hasn't ever introduced her anyone to like. Miriam, frequently calm and lucid, slides headlong into an affair with a captivating, handsome--and very married--man. And as each one lady awakens to the urgency of her loneliness, disease threatens to sever them either from the only happiness they've got grown to expect: one another. Painfully clever, the Sharpe sisters embrace the conflicting yearnings Jane Austen delineated in Sense and Sensibility.