Like the May of Teck Club itself- three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit -its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to rmal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The vel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds. Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect vel by an author The New York Times has called one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment.
The writer of some of the best sentences in English (The New Yorker), Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, and The Driver's Seat. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.