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Memorable and intense
on 11 February 2013
A cosy, suburban tragedy, I first read this book 10 years ago and since it is still a book I marvel about regularly, I really owe it a review.
As reality continues to disrupt and disappoint Edith's life and mind, she gently but strategically sets it aside when she makes her diary entries. This woman/wife/mother is gently cracking up as her life falls down around her, but Highsmith doesn't give in to histrionics - she describes the chilling, matter-of-fact forward march of everyday life as it takes its toll. For likeable, friendly Edith, things just get more unsettling, bleak and yet completely compelling.
I see other reviewers have already noted Edith's Diary doesn't have the chase scenes of the Ripley books, nor perhaps is it as pithy as her short stories. But it is dripping with Highsmith's trademark darkness and clarity of prose. Give it a whirl...