What Was She Thinking?
Notes on a Scandal: A Novel
By Zoë Heller
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312421991, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 2004
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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.
Zoë Heller was born in London and lives in New York City. Currently a columnist for London's Daily Telegraph, she has contributed to such publications as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The Independent, The Sunday Times (London), and The New Republic. She is also the author of the novel Everything You Know.
"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