The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath available at the Genoa Branch Library. This novel is actually based on Sylvia Plath's life including her mental breakdown and suicide attempt. Instead of being depressing though, it is a rather humorous book although one feels Plath's uneasiness about not wanting the traditional life path of women in the 1960's. Plath's writing style is superb. Her descriptions are exceptional. For example from chapter 15: "In front of me I could see the Spam-colored expanse of the Chauffer's neck, sandwiched between a blue cap and the shoulders of a blue jacket and, next to him, like a frail, exotic bird, the silver hair and emerald-feathered hat of Philomena Guinea, the famous novelist." The copy that I read had a biographical note at the back of the book which I found quite interesting.
reviewed by Mimi - Genoa Branch Library