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In a 1989 interview, Drabble says, "What I wanted to show in The Radiant Way is that even when you're living in a hostile climate politically, you yourself can live well, have a good life, supper with your friends.
THE STORIES: The Radiant Way (1987), Drabble's 10th novel, opens at a party on New Year's Eve, with the central trio preparing to welcome the 1980s.
Drabble suggests an infinitely expanding social network, conveying Woolf's web of relationship, until the web threatens to thin into nothingness" NORA FOSTER STOVEL, INTERNATIONAL FICTION REVIEW 18.2, 1991
Autobiographical reflections on three generations of mothers and daughters inspired Drabble's 14th novel.
Shifting effortlessly between three generations of troubled women, Drabble's omniscient narrator ponders the laws of inheritance, both metaphorical and genetic.
"Burrowing under the present and layering her story with metaphor, Margaret Drabble explores the persistence of the past, for better and for worse.
In The Peppered Moth, Drabble explores the idea of a depressive gene--something she returns to in this "oblique memoir" (Telegraph [UK], 4/19/2009).
THE TOPIC: Drabble inherited her love of jigsaw puzzles from her mother's spinster sister, Auntie Phyllis, who was also the village school mistress and who helped her parents run a roadside inn.
"Clearly, Drabble didn't intend to write anything resembling a big scholarly book about the human fascination with games and other pastimes, and she didn't have to.
In 2009 Drabble announced she would publish no more fiction; four years later The Pure Gold Baby appeared.