Longfellow wrote, "Age is opportunity no less/Than youth itself, though in another dress." Perhaps no writer illustrates this observation more than British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald who published her first novel at sixty-one. Yet she won the Man Booker Prize in 1979. Unlike Fitzgerald, Anita Desai began writing at age seven penning more than a dozen novels and short stories. She remains one of India's most distinguished writers. Trezza Azzopardi stunned the literary world with her acclaimed first published novel "The Hiding Place," shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2000. The common bond among these writers is their incisive portrayal of fragmented family and community relationships. Each writer presents a world within social and economic contexts in which social ties are destroyed. In the process these writers force the reader to confront truths that are oftentimes dismissed or ignored. Please read before the first class meeting Fitzgerald's "The Bookshop." Facilitated Discussion.