The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
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New York. Alfred A. Knopf. 1936. First U.S. edition. Hardcover, w. clothbound embossed cover. Book condition: Fine. Jacket condition: Fine w. minor shelf wear along edges. 270pp. (ill. in colour & b/w).
Virginia Woolf, Bowen's close friend, wrote of ^The House in Paris^ "I had the feeling that your world imposed itself on my world, while I read, which only happens when one is taken in hand by a work." Widely praised but less commonly read, Bowen is appreciated as one of the preeminent British Modernists for her ability to dance between comedy and tragedy while centering prominent themes of postwar life, including displacement and the fragmentation of personal histories. An eleven-year-old Henrietta spends the day with an old friend of her grandmother, in a house that reveals intrigues and confidences which could shatter a marriage and redeem a new acquaintance.