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A GRIEVING YOUNG WOMAN TURNS TO THE WORK OF VIRGINIA WOOLF FOR COMFORT AND INSIGHT.

“All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf”

By Katharine Smyth

308 pages. Crown. $26.

It begins with a house by the sea — not in the Hebrides, as in Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse,” or Cornwall, as in Woolf’s childhood, but in the small town of Tiverton on the Rhode Island coast, where Katharine Smyth’s parents bought a tumbledown weekend house when she was 5. Her parents, both architects, draw up renovation plans,

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