The Back of the Book: Enormous acclaim, ‘hysterically good reviews’ and thousands of letters, including ones from Gaisworthy and Compton Mackenzie, greeted the publication of this novel.
The Sunday Times wrote:
This is a remarkable book. It is not often that one can say with confidence of a first novel by a young writer that it reveals new possibilities for literature.
Dusty Answer is Judith Earle’s story – her solitary childhood spent dreaming in her enchanted house by the river, her awkward, intense experiences at Cambridge rounded with passion and disillusionment, and her travels abroad with her elegant, sophisticated mother. Above all, the novel is about Judih’s consuming relationship with a family of cousins whose inroads into the dreams and preoccupations of her young womanhood make Dusty Answer so uniquely and tenderly subtle and true.
Why (and how) I got this book: This was on the GWL Reading Group’s list for 2009.