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Edith's Diary

Edith's Diary

‘Edith’s fall takes the form of a psychological chiller, but there is also something larger, the poignancy of her struggle not to go under. She is betrayed by such ordinary dreams’ New York Times

Edith Howland’s diary is her most precious possession, and as she is moving house she is making sure it’s safe. A suburban housewife in fifties America, she is moving to Brunswick with her husband Brett and her beloved son, Cliffie, to start a new life for them all. She is optimistic, but most of all she has high hopes for her new venture with Brett, a local newspaper, the Brunswick Corner Bugle. Life seems full of promise, and indeed, to read her diary, filled with her most intimate feelings and revelations, you would never think otherwise. Strange, then, that reality is so dangerously different . . .
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 7th May 2015

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780349004556

Reviews

As original, as funny, as cleverly written and as moving as any novel I have read since I started reviewing
Auberon Waugh, The Evening Standard
Highsmith probes to the very core of her heroine with a controlled ferocity and single-mindedness that illumines every page of her novel. It is a masterly book, a haunting book, a book that lingers long in the memory and constantly disturbs and delights.
The Times, The Times
A work of extraordinary force and feeling . . . her strongest, her most imaginative and by far her most substantial novel
New Yorker, New Yorker
Edith's fall takes the form of a psychological chiller, but there is also something larger, the poignancy of her struggle not to go under. She is betrayed by such ordinary dreams
New York Times
Edith's Diary is certainly one of the saddest novels I ever read, but it is also one of the mere twenty or so that I would say were perfect, unimprovable masterpieces
A.N Wilson, Daily Telegraph
Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing ....bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night
The New Yorker