Good Morning, Midnight (Paperback)

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Though this book may seem limited by its time - 'another story about a single person living in 1920s France?' - I assure you there is far more behind its eyes than first glance suggests. To me, Good Morning, Midnight is one of the most capable, affecting, and enduring works of Modernist fiction ever published. Hypnotizing, ethereal, furious, despondent, grim and shrouded - I've rarely ever felt as side-to-side with a character as I do while reading Rhys' narrator. And I've certainly never left a book having felt violated alongside the narrator, with and within them as they try to make (or avoid making) sense of the snarling fragments of their memory. Bonus points if you can finish this one while listening to Gloomy Sunday.

— Brett


"No one who reads Good Morning, Midnight will ever forget it." —New York Times

Sasha Jensen has returned to Paris, the city of both her happiest moments and her most desperate. Her past lies in wait for her in cafes, bars, and dress shops, blurring all distinctions between nightmare and reality. When she is picked up by a young man, she begins to feel that she is still capable of desires and emotions. Few encounters in fiction have been so brilliantly conceived, and few have come to a more unforgettable end.

About the Author

Jean Rhys (1890–1979), one of the foremost writers of the twentieth century, is the author of Wide Sargasso Sea.

Praise For…

Stripped to the bone, as sharp and lucent and alarming as a piece of broken crystal.
— Deborah Eisenberg

My favorite of Rhys’s novels. Expect catharsis.
— Halle Butler, author of The New Me

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393303940
ISBN-10: 0393303942
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: December 17th, 1999
Pages: 192
Language: English