PMC Good Morning Midnight
Originally published in 1939 and with a new introduction, Good Morning, Midnight portrays Sophia Jansen, a young single woman who, upon arriving in France to flee personal tragedy, seeks to emancipate herself and exploit her sexuality.
Jean Rhys’s Good Morning Midnight is an unforgettable portrait of a woman bravely confronting loneliness and despair in her quest for self-determination
In 1930s Paris, where one cheap hotel room is very like another, a young woman is teaching herself indifference. She has escaped personal tragedy and has come to France to find courage and seek independence. She tells herself to expect nothing, especially not kindness, least of all from men. Tomorrow, she resolves, she will dye her hair blonde. Jean Rhys was a talent before her time with an impressive ability to express the anguish of young women. In Good Morning, Midnight Rhys created the powerfully modern portrait of Sophia Jansen, whose emancipation is far more painful and complicated than she could expect, but whose confession is flecked with triumph and elation.
With an introduction by A.L. Kennedy
‘Her eloquence in the language of human sexual transactions is chilling, cynical, and surprisingly moving’