Since a fall from the stage that left her with chronic pain, Miranda Fitch is an actress turned college professor. She often finds herself laying beneath her open window on the floor, snow falling on her face, unable to get up and shut out the cold. Every minute is suffering for Miranda. Every day she retreats further and further into the bleak recesses of her mind, downing painkillers and harboring resentment towards the youthful people she sees every day. Her friends have given up on her. Her marriage has disintegrated. Everyone around her seems to think the pain is psychosomatic. Miranda is very, very alone.
She is also very, very obsessed with directing a certain Shakespeare play. Her choice is All’s Well that Ends Well – and she is about the only one in the theater who wants to put it on. When her students fight back against her tyrannical directing style, she reaches a breaking point.
This is a dark, bizarre tale. It is not a book for someone looking for a light, comfortable experience. Prepare to plunge into what can only be described as a hallucinatory romp.
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