Reed and Poppy Whitelaw's conventional and apparently serene life together is shattered when Poppy tells Reed that she has decided to leave him. In a series of encounters that follow the shock of this news, which affects not only Reed but also their children and friends-in particular Philip, who must learn why he is so invested in their marriage-Reed and Poppy struggle to make sense of their lives in this alien new terrain.
"Produces insight for the reader into the modern dilemma of freedom versus marriage, self-realization versus service and duty and finally the Sisyphean problems of the person alone, living on the threshold of other lives. . . . I find Crucial Conversations moving. . . . May Sarton has dealt with every aspect of female existence, with every kind of love. In this latest novel she has taken another, new step forward, and suggested a radical solution to the human-bondage-in-marriage status." -- Doris Grumbach - New York Times Book Review "May Sarton again has entered Marquand-Updike territory and fortunately for us has brought to this fictional region the viewpoint of a first-rate craftsman who happens to be a woman vitally interested in both art and life." -- Boston Herald
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17th February 1994
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.2