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In this collection of short fiction, ranging from North Africa to South America, Bowles explores her fascination with the hidden lives of apparently ordinary middle-aged women.

One of the finest modern writers of fiction in any language‘ John Ashberry
A modern legend‘ Truman Capote
A thoroughly original mind – a mind at once profoundly witty, genuinely unusual in its apprehensions, and bracingly, humanely true‘ Claire Messud

Reviews

Readers who've not yet read Jane Bowles are almost to be envied, like people who've still to read Austen or Mansfield or Woolf, and have all the delight, the literary satisfaction, the shock of classic originality, the revelation of such good writing, still to come.
Ali Smith
One of the finest modern writers of fiction in any language.
John Ashberry
A thoroughly original mind - a mind at once profoundly witty, genuinely unusual in its apprehensions, and bracingly, humanely true.
Claire Messud
A modern legend ... A very funny writer ... with at [her] heart the subtlest comprehension of eccentricity and human apartness.
Truman Capote