Books by Lynn Freed

THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE by Lynn Freed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"This is travel literature as memoir, drolly covering the scope of a restless creative life."
An offbeat world tour with a not-quite-innocent abroad. Read full book review >
THE LAST LAUGH by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Replete with references to Greek mythology, Freed's modern retelling of a timeless tale of self-fulfillment wanders into surprising territory along the way."
Greece is the word for a trio of almost-septuagenarian women determined to enjoy an idyll free of family and romantic entanglements…or is it? Read full book review >
THE SERVANTS’ QUARTERS by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2009

"Bright, brittle, fierce and written with verve."
Freed (Reading, Writing and Leaving Home, 2005, etc.) explores the growing awareness of an independent-minded girl stranded between two eccentric families during the years following World War II. Read full book review >
READING, WRITING, AND LEAVING HOME by Lynn Freed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Instructive, well-poised lessons from the trenches."
Nostalgic, reflective essays on the writing life by the South African novelist Freed (House of Women, 2002, etc). Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE APPROPRIATE MAN by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Fourteen sophisticated treasures."
A witty, accomplished debut collection from the South African-born novelist (House of Women, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
HOUSE OF WOMEN by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2002

"Touches of the charm, the pointed observations, the fine control of color, tone, mood, character, and milieu that mark Freed at her best—all borne poorly by a vehicle that tries for more significance than it has."
It's still Freed, but a thinned quality causes events in her South African lives this time seemingly just to happen, not accumulating the dimension or history-nuanced flavor that distinguished The Mirror (1997) and The Bungalow (1992). Read full book review >
THE MIRROR by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A pleasure."
Freed's third (Home Ground, 1986; The Bungalow, 1993) is a poetically robust tale of natural nobility—as a woman determines for herself what love and propriety are. Read full book review >
THE BUNGALOW by Lynn Freed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Still, Freed fans may not care especially, satisfied enough with the very humane, high-grade novelizing that's here."
Freed here continues the story of Ruth Frank, begun in the excellent Home Ground (1986): Ruth's South African Jewish childhood now behind her, she has married lovelessly and returned from New York on a solo visit to see her parents after her father suffers a heart attack. Read full book review >