This is a novel of a woman in crisis but and its a big but its difficult to identify exactly what the crisis is her life her marriage her neighborhood all appear to be disintegrating before her eyes behind her back and in her mind. This splendidly engaging quirky epistolary novel is told from the point of view of eliza peabody a middle aged woman living in present day south london. The queen of the tambourine is a 1991 epistolary novel by english author jane gardam it won the whitbread prize for best novel that year plot introduction set in a wealthy surrey suburb of south london the novel takes the form of a series of increasingly bizarre letters written by eliza peabody an interfering neighbour and hospice volunteer. In prose vibrant and witty the queen of the tambourine traces the emotional breakdown and eventual restoration of eliza peabody a smart and wildly imaginative woman who has become unbearably isolated in her prosperous london neighborhood. P ortico click above to visit the entire site the queen of the tambourine jane gardams the queen of the tambourine abacus 1991 1992 is an epistolary novel but with a catch eliza peabody a well married but childless middle aged housewife living in a posh suburb on the south side of london writes all the letters
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