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At the heart of Brookner's novel lies a double mystery: What has happened to Anna Durrant, a lone woman of a certain age who has disappeared from her London flat? And why has it taken four months for anyone to notice? "Starts like a classic detective story and continues like a metaphysical mystery."--San Francisco Chronicle.
"Sophisticated and intelligent...Although Brookner has often been compared to Jane Austen, Henry James is the author she brings most to mind. She is [as] responsive to mystery as she is to the mysterious inner matters of her characters' minds. Brookner has written a novel of...suffering and of momentary but somehow very large triumph."-- Frederick Busch, Chicago Tribune
"Brookner's usual satiny prose is carefully disciplined, beguilingly smooth.... A study of character [that] skillfully evokes the vicissitudes of friendship."-- New York Newsday