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.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 147 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 15 mm
'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 *