Who hasn8217;t imagined winning the lottery or coming into an inheritance? Wouldn8217;t it be great to chuck your old workaday life and live it up somewhere else? At the start of Wish Her Safe at Home, Rachel Waring seems to be experiencing a dream come true: out of nowhere, her great-aunt leaves her a mansion8212;and she moves in without delay. Gone is Rachel8217;s administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate. From now on she will be a woman of leisure, devoted to beauty, creativity, and expression. She plants a garden, takes up writing, and impresses everyone she meets with her extraordinary optimism. But as we watch Rachel singing and joking away her days, we begin to wonder if she might be taking her transformation just a bit too far.In Wish Her Safe at Home, Stephen Benatar has created a masterpiece of humor and horror. In the words of The Times Literary Supplement, Rachel is 8220;Scarlett O8217;Hara, Blanche DuBois, Snow White, and Miss Havisham all rolled into one.8221;
Middle-aged Rachel Waring has always expected more from her humdrum life. And so, she is delighted when she inherits a Georgian mansion from an aunt in Bristol. Adopting an attitude of unrelenting optimism, she throws herself into her new life with gusto, gayly imagining herself as the heroine of a great romance, and expecting the gardener--or perhaps the local vicar--to play the part of her Heathcliff. A mesmerizing and slightly mad narrator, Rachel blithely draws the reader into her eccentric view of events, even as the novel's plot begin to veer towards the macabre and tragic.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Literary, General, Social Issues / Special Needs, Health + Daily Living / General
- New York Review of Books
- January 19, 2010
- January 19, 2010
- Stephen Benatar