The Observations is a brilliantly spirited first novel
set in Victorian Scotland that parodies the sensationalist fiction of the
Victorian era (think
Wilkie Collins with a dry and dark sense of humor). Bessy Buckley is
on the road desperate to find a new position following the death of her former
employer and before her dubious past catches up with her. A chance
encounter with a woman and an escaped pig lands her with a job at run down
Castle Haivers (on the outskirts of Edinburgh) as "in and out girl" for the
Bessy has few skills as a housekeeper (her former employment having been spent predominantly horizontal rather than vertical) but her ability to read and write is what is of interest to Arabella, who is secretly writing a book detailing her observations of the various servants who have passed through her house and, as part of her ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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