The Observations

by Jane Harris Fiction

  • Faber & Faber (October 2006, 544 pages)

The Observations is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut from novelist Jane Harris, 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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