Author(s): Barbara Anderson
New Zealand in the 1950s is where men do the work and women have the babies. Sarah Tandy is a young wife and mother, and also a painter - while her husband Jack is a struggling, and eventually highly acclaimed, novelist.
Portrait of the Artist's Wife follows Sarah's determined and successful efforts to keep her talent alive and growing, in the meantime contending with two daughters and her amiably selfish and philandering husband.
Barbara Anderson's second novel is filled with the comic verve and gusto which reviewers praised in Girls High, but it also has - as Philip Larkin said of Stevie Smith - the authority of sadness.