At a glance:
- Author: Margaret Drabble
- First Published: 1980
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: The late twentieth century
- Setting: London
- Characters: Kate Armstrong, Ted Stennett, Evelyn Stennett, Hugo Mainwaring, Stuart Armstrong, Mujid
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Domestic realism, Novel
- Subjects: 1970's, Self-discovery, Journalism or journalists, Memory, Politics, Gender roles, Nature, Social issues, Friendship, Pregnancy, England or English people, Feminism, Women's issues, Single parents or single-parent families, Adultery, City life, Divorce, Abortion, Middle age, Career women
- Locales: Europe, England, United Kingdom
Form and Content
The Middle Ground is the story of two months in the lives of Kate Armstrong and her friends. Kate is returning to Romley, an eastern London suburb, to interview her old schoolmates for a television special on what effects the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) has had on women’s lives during the five years since its passage. The assignment leads Kate, a forty-three-year-old divorced career woman with teenaged children, to think about her family background, the personal and professional directions that her own life has taken, and where she should go from...
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