Author(s): White, Antonia,
Date of Publication: 03/08/2006,
Pagination: 320 pages,
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd,
Published By: Little, Brown Book Group,
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Clara Batchelor is twenty-two. Her brief, doomed marriage to Archie over, she returns to live with her parents in the home of her childhood. She hopes for comfort but the devoutly Catholic household confines her and forms a dangerous glass wall of guilt and repression between Clara and the outside world.
Clara both longs for and fears what lies beyond, and when she escapes into an exhilarating and passionate love affair her fragile identity cracks. Beyond the Glass completes the trilogy sequel to Frost in May, which began with The Lost Traveller and The Sugar House. Although each is a complete novel in itself, together they form a brilliant portrait of a young girl's journey to adulthood.