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.
- Paperback | 405 pages
- 134.62 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
- 01 Aug 2007
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
"The Observations" is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland....
"The Observations" combines the best qualities of literary fiction with page-turning accessibility. ("The Observer", London)
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.