Quartet by Jean Rhys
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The special misery of being alone, obscure and impecunious in a foreign city hangs thick over Jean Rhys’s early fiction. Her protagonists are young or not-so-young women on the margins of Bohemia in Paris or London, drifting from one dim bar to the next, a demimonde inhabited by ‘the Freaks who would never do anything’ and ‘the Freaks who just possibly might’.
Rhys’ first novel Quartet employs a simpler, more naive style than the staccato modernese she developed through the 1930s, culminating in the Parisian dissolution of Good Morning, Midnight.