From the renowned author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Dame Muriel Spark, comes a tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. In 1945 the lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal, but the novel's harrowing ending reveals that the women's giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds.
From Library Journal -
"Spark, as usual, has perfectly plotted and peopled this giddy world of postwar delirium and girls' dormitory life," said LJ's reviewer of this satirical novel (LJ 10/1/63), which follows the low-income female inhabitants of London's May of Teak Club in the summer of 1945. Spark is always worth having."
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From The New Yorker -
"Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive."
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