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The Observations (Paperback)

Author:  Jane Harris
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143112015
ISBN-13: 9780143112013
Sku: 203955005
Publish Date: 8/1/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  416
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Keeping a journal to record the increasingly unusual duties requested of her by her beautiful mistress, nineteenth-century Edinburgh scullery maid Bessy wonders about her mistresss secret relationship with a dead former maid and is tempted to risk everything she cares about. Reprint. *Author: Harris, Jane *Publication Date: 2007/06/27 *Number of Pages: 405 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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Keeping a journal to record the increasingly unusual duties requested of her by her beautiful mistress, nineteenth-century Edinburgh scullery maid Bessy wonders about her mistress's secret relationship with a dead former maid and is tempted to risk everything she cares about. Reprint.The Observations is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland. Bessy Buckley, the novelÂ's heroine, is a cynical, wide-eyed, and tender fifteen-year-old Irish girl who takes a job as a maid in a once-grand country house outside Edinburgh, where all is not as it seems. Asked by her employer, the beautiful Arabella, to keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts, Bessy soon makes a troubling discovery and realizes that she has fled her difficult past only to arrive in an even more disturbing present.
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In Jane Harris's skillful and intricately realized debut, Bessy Buckley, a teenage maid at Castle Haivers, comes under the tutelage and command of the lady of the estate, one Arabella Reid. Soon Bessy discovers that she is serving as the subject for an unflattering treatise called "Habits and Nature of the Domestic Class." In retaliation, Bessy fabricates a ghost of a previous maid, and Arabella's mental stability begins to unravel. Neither sensationalistic nor sentimental, this novel reveals two women striving to find a place for themselves within the social confines of the 19th century.

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"Harris's research into the lives of servants in the 1860s is impressive, as is her knowledge of the experimental and haphazard treatment of mental illness at the time. Her creation of a voice and a vernacular for Bessy is one of the novel's pleasures." - Felicity D. Scott 04/14/2006

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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