The Observations by Jane Harris

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The Observations is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland. Bessy Buckley, the novel?s heroine, is a cynical, wide-eyed, and tender fifteen-year-old Irish girl who takes a job as a maid in a once-grand country house outside Edinburgh, where all is not as it seems. Asked by her employer, the beautiful Arabella, to keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts, Bessy soon makes a troubling discovery and realizes that she has fled her difficult past only to arrive in an even more disturbing present.
 

About Jane Harris

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Jane Harris’s short stories have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and she has written several award-winning short films.
 
Published June 27, 2007 by Penguin Books. 547 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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A helter-skelter conclusion combines farce (Arabella escapes confinement and beats with a shovel the pompous cleric responsible for Nora’s downfall), tragedy (another death on the railway line) and moral improvement (Daisy’s virtues recognized), takes a few sideswipes at the publishing business a...

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As the novel went further, Bessy’s writing became a lot more improved, not simply on the mechanics, but her account became richer in detail, more believable, and easier to read.

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After reading and reviewing Jane Harris’ latest novel, Gillespie and I, I became interested in Harris’ fresh writing style that I also learned that she came to the literary limelight via a critically acclaimed debut novel, The Observations.

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Fifteen-year-old Bessy Buckley "had reason to leave Glasgow," but that reason she'll tell you later on.

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Historical Novel Society

In Scotland in 1863, 15-year-old runaway Bessy Buckley finds work as a maid for the beautiful Arabella Reid and her penny-pinching husband at their isolated farmhouse.

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Then the oddities begin with her employer, the beautiful Arabella Reid (or “missus” as Bessy continues to call her) who requests Bessy write her daily activities in a journal.

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