Mary Gordon's Bookshelf
By Nancy Mitford
Here is the ultimate eccentric English family: a constantly enraged father, a vague mother, and the passel of children, who are always mischievous and hiding in the cupboard under the eaves. Linda is the glamorous, fearless, funny, and life-loving daughter who's always crying over wounded animals. She grows up to fall in love with a man who is delighted that after good sex she laughs rather than cries. The ending is a romantic tearjerker—but with an ironic sting in its tail.