Strikingly original, unsettling, bizarre, Jane Bowles's writing embodied her life and personality. Truman Capote called her a genius and although Bowles's creative output was small it was of a dazzlingly brilliant quality. These stories, her only major collection of short fiction, and a fascinating companion to her great novel Two Serious Ladies, revolve around conflict and explore people's hidden lives and their personal experience of sin and salvation. Prepared to risk the consequences of their actions, they dare to live life on their own terms.
'Clear prose, stark and unadorned... Stories... carved out on the far edge of sanity.'
'One of the finest modern writers of fiction, in any language.'
John Ashbery, The New York Times Book Review