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BOOKS

Off Keck Road

Mona Simpson

RRP: £6.99

8 April 2002

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843540014

Bea Maxwell has been kissed only once and has never been in love. Apart from a stint away in Chicago, she has always lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she cares for her invalid mother.

Mona Simpson charts Bea’s solitary but self-possessed life and her relationships with her old friend, June, and the polio-afflicted Shelley. All three women’s lives are linked through Bill, Bea’s jazz-loving boss and the town cad.

Off Keck Road is an exquisite novella that reminds us of the positive virtues of constancy and fidelity in a world driven by change, ambition and twists of chance. Any woman who has ever wondered at the course her life has taken, will discover truth and reassurance here.

REVIEWS

'A delicate, flavourful novel, all the better for Simpson's expertly light touch' Guardian
Guardian

'Elegant and perceptive... beautifully nuanced'
Sunday Telegraph

'Straight from the heart'
Mirror

'A splendid novella' Time Out'A vivid and mesmerizing story'
Family Circle