(From the publisher):
"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means. Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. Like the May of Teck Club itself -- "three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit" -- its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds.
Original title: The Girls of Slender Means
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics