The Observations

The Observations

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The Observations is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland. Bessy Buckley, the novel'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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Product details

  • Paperback | 405 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143112015
  • 9780143112013
  • 888,368

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"The Observations" is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland....
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"The Observations" combines the best qualities of literary fiction with page-turning accessibility. ("The Observer", London)
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About Jane Harris

Jane Harris's short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and she has written several award-winning short films. In 2000, she received a Writer's Award from the Arts Council of England.
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5,860 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 19% (1,133)
4 37% (2,141)
3 32% (1,872)
2 10% (561)
1 3% (153)
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