"An acrimonious divorce case leaves the Faranges' reputations in tatters: their daughter has been emotionally torn apart Unable to decide which of two appalling parents is the less impossibly unsuitable, the court has ruled that Maisie Farange must live with each in turn. The one thing her parents agree upon is that Maisie should be seen and not heard. And so she learns to keep her own counsel as the follies of adulthood are paraded before her. Intelligent, observant, this grave little girl seems the only grown-up in a world of childishness and spite. How is such a child to hold on to her innocence? The most comprehensive paperback edition available, with introduction, notes, selected criticism, text summary and chronology of James's life and times"

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