Born OTD in 1890, mid-20th-century novelist who was born and grew up in the Caribbean island of Dominica, Jean Rhys. Good Morning, Midnight is experimental in design and deals with a woman’s feelings of vulnerability, depression, loneliness and desperation during the years between the two World Wars. The book initially sold poorly—critics thought it well written, but too depressing—and after its publication Rhys spent a decade living in obscurity. It was not until it was adapted by Selma Vaz Dias into a radio play, first broadcast by the BBC in 1957, that Rhys was once again put into the spotlight.

Good Morning, Midnight

Saved, rescued, fished-up, half-drowned, out of the deep, dark river, dry clothes, hair shampooed and set… Set in a 1930s Paris of shabby hotel rooms, seedy bars and drunken encounters, Jean Rhys’s semi-autobiographical portrayal of a young woman’s sexual encounters is a searingly honest exploration of loneliness and yearning.

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