Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

The only novel by avant-garde literary star Jane Bowles, the highly influential wife of legendary writer Paul Bowles, Two Serious Ladies is a modernist cult classic, mysterious, profound, anarchic, and funny, that follows two "respectable" women as they descend into debauchery—updated with an introduction by Claire Messud, bestselling author of The Emperor's Children and The Woman Upstairs. Christina Goering, eccentric and adventurous, and Frieda Copperfield, anxious but enterprising, are two serious ladies who want to live outside of themselves. Old friends, each will take a surprising path in search of salvation: during a visit to Panama, Mrs. Copperfield abandons her husband, finding solace in a relationship with a teenage prostitute; while Miss Goering, a wealthy spinster, pursues sainthood via sordid encounters with the basest of men. At the end the two women meet again, each radically altered by her experience.

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The 2022nd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 86th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Two Serious Ladies Paperback 689233 $2,420.43 $5.89 1984
Two Serious Ladies Paperback 3830195 $139.22 $4.94 1984
Two Serious Ladies (Virago Modern Classics) Paperback 4333292 $1.02 1989
Two Serious Ladies Paperback 1810000 $10.63 $2.02 2010
Jane Bowles: Collected Writings: Two Serious Ladies / In the Summer House / stories & other writings / letters (The Library of America) Hardcover 688444 $22.88 $14.98 2017
Two Serious Ladies: A Novel Paperback 427861 $9.58 $3.74 2014