Summary

"The novel traces the emotional breakdown - and then the restoration - of Eliza Peabody, a smart and wildly imaginative woman who has become unbearably isolated in her prosperous home in present-day South London. The letters Eliza writes to a neighbor - a neighbor whom she hardly knows - reveal the story of her self-propelled descent into madness. Eliza must reach the very bottom of this inner downward spiral before she can once again find health and serenity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


With prose that is vibrant, witty, and off-the-wall, this recent winner of Britain's Whitbread Award for Best Novel of the Year traces the emotional breakdown--and then restoration--of Eliza Peabody, a smart and wildly imaginative woman who has become unbearably isolated in her prosperous home in present-day South London. A startling portrait of a woman who is dying alive.--Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph (London).