Wish Her Safe at Home

By Stephen Benatar; John Carey (Introduction by)
(New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590173350, 263pp.)

Publication Date: January 19, 2010

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Rachel Waring is deliriously happy. Out of nowhere, a great-aunt leaves her a Georgian mansion in another city--and she sheds her old life without delay. Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate. She will live as a woman of leisure, devoted to beauty, creativity, expression, and love. Once installed in her new quarters, Rachel plants a garden, takes up writing, and impresses everyone she meets with her extraordinary optimism. But as Rachel sings and jokes the days away, her new neighbors begin to wonder if she might be taking her transformation just a bit too far.
In "Wish Her Safe at Home," Stephen Benatar finds humor and horror in the shifting region between elation and mania. His heroine could be the next-door neighbor of the Beales of Grey Gardens or a sister to Jane Gardam's oddball protagonists, but she has an ebullient charm all her own.



About the Author
London born, Stephen Benatar's first novel was published when he was 44, and he acknowledges the support and inspiration of Pamela Hansford Johnson in this achievement. Seven more novels followed, including, uniquely, one published by a borough council.

John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including "The Intellectuals and the Masses".
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