The Sparrows of Edward Street by Elizabeth Stead

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May 2011, no. 331

The Sparrows of Edward Street by Elizabeth Stead

Reviewed by
May 2011, no. 331

Elizabeth Stead’s fifth novel is set in 1948, when newly independent women, who kept the wheels of industry turning during World War II, were resuming full-time household duties. Stead, who married a naval officer in the 1950s, would have seen this domestic dynamic played out around her. The Sparrows of Edward Street tells the story of a family – a widow and her two teenage daughters – who set out, under the leadership of the elder daughter, Aria, to take charge of their world and set it to rights.

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