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A Woman Of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey


A Woman Of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

At the turn of the century, a time when women had few choices, Bess Steed Garner inherits a legacy - not only of wealth but of determination and desire, making her truly a woman of independent means. From the early 1900s through the 1960s, we accompany Bess as she endures life's trials and triumphs with unfailing courage and indomitable spirit: the sacrifices love sometimes requires of the heart, the flaws and rewards of marriage, the often-tested bond between mother and child, and the will to defy a society that demands conformity. Told in letters we follow the remarkable life of Bess Steed Garner from her childhood in 1899 to her death in 1977.


Thanks to Hailey's splendid mastery of plain English, Bess illuminates the life of others as well as her own in deft, articulate, cursive strokes that any love of language will find irresistible * LOS ANGELES TIMES * Bess is so remarkable a character that I seem here to be reviewing not A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS but the woman herself * NEW YORK TIMES * A delightful reading of large, splashy doings in the small pond of an endearingly lively, bossy, responsible, and much-loving lady * KIRKUS REVIEWS * Irrestistible ... nothing about it is ordinary * LOS ANGELES TIMES *

About the Author

Inspired by her grandmother's life, Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey wrote this book for her daughters. She is the author of LIFE SENTENCES, JOANNA'S HUSBAND AND DAVID'S WIFE and HOME FREE. Hailey lives in Studio City, California.

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Publication date

2nd March 2000


Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

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Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


288 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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