In a Summer Season
by Elizabeth Taylor

TaylorScreen shot 2013-03-01 at 3.27.17 PMKate Heron, a wealthy, charming woman marries an attractive man ten years her junior.  

Opening paragraph: “After all, I am not a young girl to be intimidated by her,” Kate decided, as she waited outside her mother-in-law’s house.  When she had reached the stage of thinking that if there were any intimidating to be done she might even do it herself, one of Edwina’s foreign girls opened the door. . . .Facing her, as she turned the stairs, was a trompe –l’oeil panel . . . “Only it doesn’t trompe my oeile,” she thought.

Quotes from critics:  “one of the best English novelists born in this century” (Kingsley Amis); “one of the most underrated writers of the 20th century” (author Antonia Frazer); compares to Jane Austen, Barbara Pym, and Elizabeth Bowen, “soul sisters all” (author Anne Tyler); “Few have heard of National Velvet’s namesake, but she was one of the best novelists of the 20th century.”  (The Guardian); “one of the hidden treasures of the English novel . . . . Best known for not being known.” (The Atlantic).

Bio:  Elizabeth Taylor (1912-1975), obviously not that Elizabeth Taylor, “led a perversely mild and parochial life,” according to The Atlantic.  She was a governess, tutor, and librarian before she married.  She was briefly a member of the Communist Party, then a lifelong Labour Party supporter.  The woman first asked to be her biographer refused due to what she felt was a lack of incident in Elizabeth Taylor’s life.