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[The protagonist of The Sea Change of Angela Lewes] is fortyish, married to a professor at Smith, a mother, and a secret writer. Having had enough of her role of playing mother to her children and yielding wife to a boyish academic, Angela reassesses things. Part of her sea change comes from within, part from her not so sudden insights into her own family, the Porters, particularly the lives of her own mother and grandmother…. So Angela's own departure from her contented housewife's role has its roots in the past, her sea change becomes something of a family inheritance. What Mrs. Seton seems to be saying is that though men manage careers and families simultaneously, women can only cope with one at a time. The implications are curiously interesting, especially in an age of women's lib. Mrs. Seton's tale is intelligent, engaging, one that raises but doesn't solve some nagging questions.

A review of "The Sea Change of Angela Lewes," in Publishers Weekly (reprinted from the June 21, 1971 issue of Publishers Weekly, published by R. R. Bowker Company, a Xerox company; copyright © 1971 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 199, No. 25, June 21, 1971, p. 64.




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