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The Death of the Heart (1938)
Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (84)
Portia is an orphaned 16 year old girl sent to live with her half-brother
and his wife. They aren't very nice to Portia. She "falls in
love" with a friend of her brother's wife. He rejects her.
It turns out the wife has been reading Portia's diary. Portia throws
herself at another friend of the family. He too
Whoopty flippin' doo...
This is supposed to be a poignant portrait of a young girl coming of age; read To Kill a Mockingbird instead.
-REVIEW: of The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen The Power of the Unstated (Patricia Craig, NY Review of Books)