A brilliant, yet brutal, portrait of a woman struggling to retrieve both life and love, from the author of Wide Sargasso Sea.
For six months, Julia has lived alone in a drab Parisian hotel on an allowance from her ex-lover, Mr. Mackenzie. When his cheques stop, Julia decides to leave France and return to London.
The tale of her ten day visit contains some of Jean Rhys’s most sensitive, poignant writing. Past her prime, exhausted by broken love affairs and addled by drink, Julia is tragically unable to find what she really wants – love.
‘She had an ability to see what others could not, or refused to see, and the guts to write about it’ Guardian
‘It is a book that does not invite comparisons. . . . Its excellence is individual, intrinsic; it measures itself against itself’ Saturday Review of Literature
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