"A considerable tour de force by any standard."—?New York Times Book Review Jean Rhys's reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction's most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, its heroine is Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Rochester. In this best-selling novel, Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

W. W. Norton & Company 176 pages

  • Reviews

Olga NM

4 months ago

A great reimagining of the other side of a fascinating story. The story of the madwoman in the attic and how society destroyed a woman who did not fit in.

Phoebe Patten

about 1 month ago

Melancholy will follow the reading of this book. Antoinette, and later Rochester, narrate with urgency and fury. Unlike many portrayals of female insanity (or even the female brain) the final moments of Antoinette's thoughts are incredibly clear, vibrant, and directed. She is insane, but she is powerful in her insanity, using it to focus her mind instead of becoming lost in it. With shifting perspectives and strong, distinct characters, this is a fierce story.