The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

The Transit of Venus 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.

The 750th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 78th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  2. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Transit of Venus Paperback 58334 $11.16 $2.81 1990
The Transit of Venus Hardcover 240606 $29.76 $0.01 1980
The Transit of Venus Mass Market Paperback 3741102 $6.14
The Transit of Venus Paperback 1640348 $3.24 $0.51 1990
The Transit of Venus Paperback 3313993 $1.17 $0.01
The Transit of Venus (VMC) Paperback 2815815 $8.43 $0.01 1995