A timeless coming-of-age novel about five young women who meet at exclusive Radcliffe College and together grow to maturity over four decades—through intrigues, ambitions, affairs, and marriages—from World War II to the 1980s.
Radcliffe, 1943. Five young women, newly admitted to college, meet for the first time. Megan, Janet, Lavinia, Peg, and Cathy seem to have little in common save for their freshman status. None of them could know that their destinies are about to inextricably intertwine.
Across four decades, as time and events sweep away their expectations, these five women discover their sexuality, reveal their secrets, and struggle with independence—sometimes surrendering, sometimes making stunning choices. Alice Adams’s Superior Women is a richly drawn, uncompromising novel about women’s intimate, interior, and often unsuspected lives.
Alice Adams was born in Virginia and graduated from Radcliffe College. Her short stories have appeared in twenty-two O. Henry Award collections and several volumes of Best American Short Stories, andshe is also the author of ten highly praised novels. She has been the recipient of an Academy and Institute Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ms. Adams’s other novels include Superior Women; Almost Perfect, a New York Times Notable Book; and Medicine Men. She lived in San Francisco until her death in 1999.