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It is 1900, give or take a few years. The Vajkays live in S?rszeg, a dead-end burg in the provincial heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Father retired some years ago to devote his days to genealogical research and quaint questions of heraldry. Mother keeps house. Both are utterly enthralled with their daughter, Skylark. Unintelligent, unimaginative, unattractive, and unmarried, Skylark cooks and sews for her parents and anchors the unremitting tedium of their lives. Now Skylark is going away, for one week only, but a week that yawns endlessly for her parents. What will they do? Before they know it, they are eating at restaurants, reconnecting with old friends, attending the theater. Then, Skylark is back. Is there a world beyond the daily grind and life's creeping disappointments?
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2010]
ISBN: 9781590173398
Characteristics: xv, 222 p. ; 21 cm


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nrowlands Dec 07, 2016

The plot is so depressing it almost becomes comical. I enjoyed the book, but it is certainly not a light-hearted novel.

Mar 31, 2013

Despite the old fashioned story and scope of the story, I like both the style and the story. A surprise.

Jan 19, 2013

I liked parts of this book, and the writing style was simple but pleasing. However, some of it is sad, and I expected more to happen at the end.


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