Two Serious Ladies (Paperback)

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"A fantastic new edition of a classic. Bowles' two serious ladies follow a twisty path of debauchery in an attempt to answer the question: what kind of life do I want to lead? A book for misfits and dreamers. Plus it was Tennessee Williams favorite book!" - Emily

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Two Serious Ladies is the only novel by avant-garde literary star and wife of legendary writer Paul Bowles--a modernist cult-classic, mysterious, profound, anarchic, and funny, that follows two upper-class women as they descend into debauchery--updated with an introduction by Claire Messud, bestselling author of The Emperor's Children and The Woman Upstairs.

Two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves, Christina Goering and Frieda Copperfield embark on separate quests of salvation. Mrs. Copperfield visits Panama with her husband, where she finds solace among the women who live and work in its brothels. Miss Goering becomes involved with various men. At the end the two women meet again, each transformed by her experience.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062283122
ISBN-10: 006228312X
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: February 25th, 2014
Pages: 221
Language: English