Edith Howland’s diary is her most precious possession. After moving with her family from New York City to suburban Pennsylvania, Edith’s husband abandons her for a younger woman, leaving her trapped in a bleak existence with her degenerate son and his senile uncle. As Edith’s life turns sour, she retreats into her writing; and while her life plunges into chaos, a disturbing tale of success and happiness blooms in her diary. She invents a happy life, and as she knits for imaginary grandchildren, the real world recedes further still, marking a descent into madness that may well be unstoppable.
Originally published in 1977, Edith’s Diary is a masterpiece of psychological suspense, a harrowing and tautly written tale of an ordinary woman whose life is slipping out of control. The author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley , Patricia Highsmith is one of the most original voices in twentieth-century American fiction.
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About the Author
Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) is the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train , The Price of Salt , and The Talented Mr. Ripley , as well as numerous short stories.
Date of Birth:January 19, 1921
Date of Death:February 4, 1995
Place of Birth:Fort Worth, Texas
Place of Death:Locarno, Switzerland
Education:B.A., Barnard College, 1942
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was my introduction to Patricia Highsmith; I will be reading more. I took it along on a beach weekend and literally couldn't put it down--carried it to the breakfast table, etc. Why? Nothing much happens--an apparently happy couple grows apart, she is left with their creepy son and ailing uncle, she writes in her diary--but you slowly realize you're observing the unraveling of a woman's psyche. It's superbly done.