GIFT OF TIME by Phyllis Brett Young
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Karen Whitney has been married, happily, for 21 years to Rick; they live in the very wealthy Toronto suburb- Rowanwood; her girls are grown- and away, and she now faces an unreasonable but very real dissatisfaction with her life as it is. Her day here begins with the arrival of the new carpet which, while it represents all she has achieved materially, also negates the pleasure it should bring. It also starts with the delivery of three letters which not only threaten to disturb the past but the future, just ahead; one from a former beau which revives an unfinished romance- before her marriage; one from her doctor suggesting the routine check-up she now fears; and one for Rick-which may involve their leaving Rowanwood, beginning again in a small town. Back and forward, in time, this daybook is filled with the commonplaces of a domesticated, well-bred world, with insights and intimations which have a tremendous recognition value. And there is just enough grace to enhance as well as reflect- so that women (and women only) will find the likeness infinitely pleasing.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1961
Publisher: Putnam