In the Janet Frame was institutionalized in mental hospitals, diagnosed with schizophrenia. When her first collection of stories, which ends with My Last Story, was published in New Zealand, its great success saved her from having to undergo a lobotomy.
A masterful tale of social climbing and entrenched class distinctions, as seen through the eyes of an outsider who desperately wants in. Tense, hilarious, and bursting with gorgeous language. Stephanie Clifford is a Edith Wharton