The Driver's Seat (Paperback)

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Muriel Spark is the master of the novella. Leave it to her to deliver a book so unexpected, so devastatingly shocking, in under 100 pages. Just read it!


— From Caitlin L. Staff Picks

You won't find any witches or vampires in Muriel Spark's oeuvre, but Spark is a master of the slow, excruciating build from the quotidian to the horrifying. I finished The Driver's Seat and wasn't sure if I wanted to burn it or turn back to page one and read it again. A truly singular gut-punch of a book.


— From October Staff Picks: Spooky, Creepy, Trick-or-Treat-y!


The Driver’s Seat, Spark’s own favorite among her many novels, was hailed by the New Yorker as “her spiny and treacherous masterpiece.”

Driven mad by an office job, Lise flies south on holiday — in search of passionate adventure and sex. In this metaphysical shocker, infinity and eternity attend Lise’s last terrible day in the unnamed southern city that is her final destination.

About the Author

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was the author of dozens of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver’s Seat, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811223010
ISBN-10: 0811223019
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 112
Language: English