Irreverently funny and surprisingly moving, All Passion Spent is the story
of a woman who discovers who she is just before it is too late. After the
death of elder statesman Lord Slane--a former prime minister of Great
Britain and viceroy of India--everyone assumes that his eighty-eight-year-
old widow will slowly fade away in her grief, remaining as proper,
decorative, and dutiful as she has been her entire married life. But the
deceptively gentle Lady Slane has other ideas. First she defies the
patronizing meddling of her children and escapes to a rented house in
Hampstead. There, to her offspring's utter amazement, she revels in her new
freedom, recalls her youthful ambitions, and gathers some very unsuitable
companions--who reveal to her just how much she had sacrificed under the
pressure of others' expectations.

Vita Sackville-West—All Passion Spent

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