I am completely undone. Words fail me. I am reading To the North, on Darlene’s always excellent recommendation, and I cannot believe how exquisite Elizabeth Bowen’s writing is. Every sentence is perfect, every character walks off the page. I thought Dorothy Whipple was the mid 20th century’s most underrated female author; I was wrong. That crown has to belong to Bowen, whose craftmanship is absolutely flawless. Every moment I spend not reading her words feels wasted. Go; find, buy, read, now!