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Miss Peabody's Inheritance

Miss Peabody's Inheritance Elizabeth Jolley

A New York Times Notable Book

Miss Peabody, a lonely spinster in a London suburb, writes a fan letter to an Australian novelist, Diana Hopewell. In reply, Hopewell sends installments of her novel-in-progress, the bawdy misadventures of a trio of gently lesbian ladies, a headmistress and two companions, touring Europe with a hapless female student. With each mail delivery, Miss Peabody’s fascination with Hopewell and her characters intensifies, until fantasy and reality poignantly merge. A memorable duet of art and life.

Praise for the Book:
“Wonderful . . . like letters from a faraway friend…. the double narrative ends with a flourish of perfect closure… Jolley’s best surprise.” —Thomas Disch, New York Times Book Review

“Treads the ‘too thin…line between truth and fiction’ to memorable effect.”
—Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World

"Delicately and ironically told, informed by a warm sympathy that tinges even the funniest scenes with rue." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author: 
Elizabeth Jolley was born in 1923 in England and moved to Australia when she was in her thirties. She published her first book when she was fifty-three and went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated authors. In the United States, her novels were excerpted in The New Yorker and elsewhere, critically acclaimed (often in front-pages reviews), and widely read. She died in 2007.

Also available from Persea by Elizabeth Jolley:
The Vera Wright Trilogy
The Sugar Mother
Mr. Scobie’s Riddle

Trade paperback /$15.95 (Can. $17.00) /ISBN 978-0-89255-370-9/Fiction

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