Wish Her Safe at Home

Wish Her Safe at Home Review

Rachel Waring is deliriously happy. Out of nowhere, a great-aunt leaves her a Georgian mansion in another city--and she sheds her old life without delay. Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate. She will live as a woman of leisure, devoted to beauty, creativity, expression, and love. Once installed in her new quarters, Rachel plants a garden, takes up writing, and impresses everyone she meets with her extraordinary optimism. But as Rachel sings and jokes the days away, her new neighbors begin to wonder if she might be taking her transformation just a bit too far.

In Wish Her Safe at Home, Stephen Benatar finds humor and horror in the shifting region between elation and mania. His heroine could be the next-door neighbor of the Beales of Grey Gardens or a sister to Jane Gardam's oddball protagonists, but she has an ebullient charm all her own.

Title:Wish Her Safe at Home
Edition Language:English

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    Wish Her Safe at Home Reviews

  • Paul

    This novel is crazy, fabulous, haunting, embarassing, disturbing, to rattle off a few descriptions; and I wasn't really expecting it. I knew Benatar briefly in the mid 80s when he lived in my home tow...

  • Adrianne Mathiowetz

    1.) UH. JESUS. WHAT JUST. THE FUCK?2.) I didn't pay much attention to the cover when I bought this book. I didn't read the back of it. I got it at a used store, on a complete whim with a pile of other...

  • Tony

    “I’ve come to the wrong place, haven’t I? This isn’t a publishing office!”“No, dear.”“You make it sound like a hospital. Now, why in the name of holy shit have I been brought to a hos...

  • Paul Secor

    This was a disturbing novel for me because it made me think about how close any of us are to taking those steps to the door of madness and how easy that walk might be. Add that to the fact that I've k...

  • M. Sarki

    Certainly a book not for the weak. This is a brilliant story that does involve insanity. Delusions run wild, just as the narrator voices exactly what we were thinking as well. But slip and slide we sh...

  • Emily

    Stephen Benatar's Wish Her Safe at Home is the most laugh-out-loud fun I've had with a book in a long time. Even if the laughs were accompanied by cringes; even if the fun was the kind that you can ge...

  • Issicratea

    Wish Her Safe at Home is fiendishly clever and rather unsettling. I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything quite like it. Benatar’s novel recounts the inward trajectory of a brittle mind, spinning i...

  • Josh

    I was sitting around, happily reading, trying to understand what's going on with this crazy and sad book as it displays a woman slowly and then swiftly drifting into madness and I happened upon this l...

  • Andrew Schirmer

    The genius of this book is twofold: First in the sustaining of a terrifically singular inner monologue complete with snippets of song and appearance of characters real or fictitious, and secondly the ...

  • Caroline

    Rachel has fond memories of an elderly aunt who has since passed on and left her a rambling broken down house in Bristol. She decides to leave her job which she didn't like, a pessimistic housemate an...