October Light by John Gardner

"October Light" is a story set in Vermont, revolving around an elderly brother and sister, James and Sally, who have lived together for decades but have a strained relationship due to their differing views. When James locks Sally in her room after an argument, she finds a novel within a novel, which becomes her only escape. The book explores themes of aging, isolation, and the clash of old and new values, all the while providing a commentary on the changing American society of the 1970s.

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