(4th in "The Cazalet Chronicle" series)
CASTING OFF is the fourth and final volume of The Cazalet Chronicle. It is July 1945: VE Day is behind, Japan has yet to surrender. Polly, Clary and Louise -- girls on the brink of adolescence when the chronicle began in 1937 -- are now grown up. Painfully, they've discovered those things that adults never seemed to talk about: sexual passion, loneliness, and loss. Rupert Cazalet, missing in France for several years, returns to find his wife, Zoe, curiously withdrawn. Still contriving to juggle a wife and a mistress, Edward will be forced to choose between them, while Hugh, estranged from Edward after discovering his duplicity, must finally come to terms with Sybil's death. And what of Archie Lestrange? Drawn to the center of the Cazalets' untidy circle, he decides escape may be the only means of survival.