After the demise of elder statesman Lord Slane—a former best minister of significant Britain and viceroy of India—everyone assumes that his eighty-eight-year-old widow will slowly fade away in her grief, ultimate as right, ornamental, and dutiful as she has been her whole married existence. however the deceptively light girl Slane has different rules. First she defies the patronizing meddling of her childrens and escapes to a rented apartment in Hampstead. There, to her offspring’s utter amazement, she revels in her new freedom, remembers her younger pursuits, and gathers a few very wrong companions—who disclose to her simply how a lot she had sacrificed less than the strain of others’ expectations.
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