VGC.Viking,1989.First edition-first printing(1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2).Green hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,nick and light shelf wear on the edges of the cover) with Dj(a couple of small tears,nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Nice and clean pages but with light shelf wear on the outer edges,crease on the edge of the pages.The book is in VGC with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.309pp.Price un-clipped.First edition. This is another paragraph From Library Journal : Drabble's latest is a worthy sequel to The Radiant Way ( LJ 10/15/87 ) , continuing its story of enduring friendship among three vibrant women. Leading very different lives, they are united in an incessant desire for truth in matters large and small. Psychiatrist Liz Headleand keeps one eye on her ex-husband's search for a missing colleague and the other on her sister's alarming behavior after a family tragedy. Esther Breuer, living uneasily on the Continent, ponders her own heart. In northern England, Alix Bowen divides her time between visits to a mass murderer and the archives of a reclusive poet. A satisfying denouement reveals at last the secret of Liz's parentage. The diverse plotlines develop amidst an abundance of social detail about 1980s Britain, providing a rich and fascinating texture.