As We Are Now: A Novel (Paperback)

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"I am not mad, only old. . . . I am in a concentration camp for the old."

So begins May Sarton's short, swift blow of a novel, about the powerlessness of the old and the rage it can bring. As We Are Now tells the story of Caroline Spencer, a 76-year-old retired schoolteacher, mentally strong but physically frail, who has been moved by relatives into a "home." Subjected to subtle humiliations and petty cruelties, sustained for too short a time by the love of another person, she fights back with all she has, and in a powerful climax wins a terrible victory.

About the Author

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

Praise For…

May Sarton has never been better than she is in this beautiful, harrowing novel about being old, unwanted, yet refusing to give up. . . . The problems of old age have been detailed by sociologists but only a novel as searching and deeply felt as this one can bring them so close to the bone.
— Margaret Manning - Boston Globe

A brief, strong statement. . . . A convincing record of evil done and good intentions gone astray. . . . A powerful indictment.
— Ellen Douglas - New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393309577
ISBN-10: 0393309576
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 17th, 1992
Pages: 144
Language: English