“This book is like walking backwards down a foreign street with your eyes closed, feeling equally liberated and ridiculous. Set in 1940s New York and Panama, eccentric Miss Goering and neurotic Mrs Cooperfield guide you through a cult classic so unconsciously hilarious, shockingly absurd, and before its time that it will make you laugh our loud and question everything.” Mikayli
Few great writers produced less than Jane Bowles: one novel, one play and a dozen short stories. Yet hers is one of the most original, unique voices in twentieth century American literature. A novelist with an essentially tragic view, as Truman Capote concludes in his memoir, but also ‘a very funny writer …
with at [her] heart the subtlest comprehension of eccentricity and human apartness.’Here, then, is a novel unlike any other. A tale of two extraordinary heroines – Christina Goering, a wealthy spinster in pursuit of sainthood, and Frieda Copperfield, who finds a home from home in a Panama brothel. And a book whose lesbian themes were startling on its original publication in 1943.