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By Stephen Benatar

Rachel Waring is deliriously chuffed. Out of nowhere, a great-aunt leaves her a Georgian mansion in one other city—and she sheds her outdated lifestyles at once. long gone is her uninteresting administrative task, her mousy dresser, her downer of a roommate. she's going to reside as a lady of rest, dedicated to attractiveness, creativity, expression, and love. as soon as put in in her new quarters, Rachel vegetation a backyard, takes up writing, and impresses each person she meets together with her impressive optimism. yet as Rachel sings and jokes the times away, her new associates start to wonder whether she will be taking her transformation just a little too far.

In Wish Her secure at Home, Stephen Benatar unearths humor and horror within the transferring zone among elation and mania. His heroine may be the next-door neighbor of the Beales of Grey Gardens or a sister to Jane Gardam’s oddball protagonists, yet she has an ebullient attraction all her personal.

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