Afternoon of a Good Woman
Penelope has always done her best to be a good wife, a good mistress, a good mother and a good magistrate. Today, she is more conscious than usual of the thinness of the thread that separates good from bad, the law-abiding from the criminal.
Sitting in court, hearing a short, sad case of indecent exposure and a long, confused theft, she finds herself simultaneously examining her own sex life (how would all that sound in court?) and her own actions and intentions.
Afternoon of a Good Woman is an ingeniously constructed novel which counterpoints public appearance with private behavior. The result is a picture of a not always admirable but engagingly complex, and very human, heroine.
Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for Afternoon of a Good Woman