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Diane gives an overview of the book:

The anonymous heroine, N, is a young woman who has broken free of a constricting marriage and is struggling to raise four children alone in a housing project. Coming home one day N finds her door hacked with an ax and smeared with what appears to be a mixture of blood and crankcase oil. A few days later a strangled cat is left outside her apartment door. Everyday, she is plagued by mysterious, disturbing phone calls. Playing detective and attempting to figure out who her enemy may be, N’s real fears merge with paranoid fantasy in this fascinating story which rivals the best of Henry James’s dark, psychological gothic tales. • Johnson’s most recent novel, Le Divorce, was a phenomenal success. • Long out of print, this classic Diane Johnson novel is now available for all the readers of Le Divorce left hungry for more.
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The anonymous heroine, N, is a young woman who has broken free of a constricting marriage and is struggling to raise four children alone in a housing project. Coming home one day N finds her door hacked with an ax and smeared with what appears to be a mixture of blood and crankcase oil. A few days later a strangled cat is left outside her apartment door. Everyday, she is plagued by mysterious, disturbing phone calls. Playing detective and attempting to figure out who her enemy may be, N’s real fears merge with paranoid fantasy in this fascinating story which rivals the best of Henry James’s dark, psychological gothic tales.
• Johnson’s most recent novel, Le Divorce, was a phenomenal success.
• Long out of print, this classic Diane Johnson novel is now available for all the readers of Le Divorce left hungry for more.

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About Diane

A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Diane Johnson has drawn comparisons to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton with her comedies of manners about Americans living and loving abroad.

Johnson’s books include L’Affaire (2004...

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Published Reviews

Dec.13.2007

Le Divorce … reminds us that even in our own day it remains, as Henry James said, a complex fate to be an American; that one of the difficulties Americanism still entails is taking up a...

Dec.13.2007

For [Johnson], Paris is the Paris most Americans dream of, and for visitors eager to get off the beaten track of tourist sites and follow a more intimate and imaginative route, her book will prove a highly...