What Was She Thinking?

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What Was She Thinking?

Notes on a Scandal: A Novel

By Zoe Heller; Zoee Heller

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312421991, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2004


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Now the Major Motion Picture "Notes on a Scandal"

Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense--and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.

About the Author
Zoe Heller is the author of Everything You Know and What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and made into an acclaimed film starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. Heller lives in New York.

Praise For What Was She Thinking?

"Heller elevates a tabloid-worthy tale of obsession into an intense, witty, literary page-turner."--Entertainment Weekly

"Deliciously perverse, laugh-out-loud funny [with] caustic wit and needle-sharp observations. The reader looks on, amused and aghast, as both unlikely seductress and her self-deluding protector become locked in a helpless embrace of need and betrayal."--Vogue

"Deft, multivalent characterizations."--Lisa Levy, Newsday

"Wicked and wonderful social satire."--Glamour

"Heller is a great ventriloquist of character, and as the unhinged curator of the Sheba affair, Barbara is painfully note-perfect. What Was She Thinking? achieves some very worthy literary aims indeed."--The Washington Post Book World