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The Little Girls by Elizabeth Bowen
Random House Group 1999

When Dinah begins to fret for her old school friends of fifty years previously and advertises for them - Mumbo and Sheikie surface. Bowen asks whether friendship can be taken up where it has been left off. What are the revelations - and the dangers - in summoning up childhood? The real treasure of this novel is its excavation of the meaning of memory, the meaning of time passing, Bowen's attempt to catch the very moment when it does.
Elizabeth Bowen was born in Dublin in 1899.

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