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The Observations is a hugely assured and darkly funny debut set in nineteenth-century Scotland. Bessy Buckley, the novel?s heroine, is a cynical, wide-eyed, and tender fifteen-year-old Irish girl who takes a job as a maid in a once-grand country house outside Edinburgh, where all is not as it seems. Asked by her employer, the beautiful Arabella, to keep a journal of her most intimate thoughts, Bessy soon makes a troubling discovery and realizes that she has fled her difficult past only to arrive in an even more disturbing present.

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The Observations
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January 23rd, 2014
A wonderful transformation of a young working girl, attempting to untangle the mind of her employer. Growing with Bessy was one of the most captivating experiences I have ever experienced. A book I go back to again and again, each time finding a new thing to marvel at. A fantastic read!
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