Title Profile & Character Information

The Transit of Venus

Annotation
The Transit of Venus is considered Shirley Hazzard's most brilliant novel. It tells the story of two orphan sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, as they leave Australia to start a new life in post-war England. What happens to these young women--seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal--becomes as moving and wonderful and yet as predestined as the transits of the planets themselves. Gorgeously written and intricately constructed, Hazzard's novel is a story of place: Sydney, London, New York, Stockholm; of time: from the fifties to the eighties; and above all, of women and men in their passage through the displacements and absurdities of modern life.


Awards
1980  National Book Critics Circle Awards

Characters
NameBell, Caroline
GenderFemale
TraitsAustralian
Orphan

NameBell, Grace
GenderFemale
TraitsAustralian
Orphan

GenreSaga
    --Family
Literary
Fiction
TopicsWomen's lives
Family relationships
Sisters
Man-woman relationships
Marriage
Contemporary life
Hardship
SettingSydney, New South Wales
London, England