Saturday, March 24, 2018
The pace of the novel is mesmerizing; the mood is ominous. We discover that Kitty has been treated for severe depression and it appears that she wants to kill herself. Joe is drawn to her, as Isabel knew he would be. Perhaps Isabel has arranged an affair to use as an excuse to leave her unfaithful husband? We learn that the old woman who lives next door has had a previous negative run in with Kitty and is frightened to see that she has returned. She keeps a fearful eye on Kitty from her balcony perch. It's a short novel and Levy has made every word count as the story heads toward an unexpected conclusion. It's well worth reading.
Edit: I wrote the above last night. This morning I woke up to an article about Levy that might interest you if you are a fan: ‘What’s the point of a risk-free life?’ – Deborah Levy on starting again at 50