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Wish Her Safe At Home

(1982)
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Rachel Waring is deliriously happy. Out of nowhere, a great-aunt leaves her a Georgian mansion in another city - and she sheds her old life without delay. Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a roommate. She will live as a woman of leisure, devoted to beauty, creativity, expression, and love. Once installed in her new quarters, Rachel plants a garden, takes up writing, and impresses everyone she meets with her extraordinary optimism. But as Rachel sings and jokes the days away, her new neighbors begin to wonder if she might be taking her transformation just a bit too far.

In Wish Her Safe at Home, Stephen Benatar finds humor and horror in the shifting region between elation and mania. His heroine could be the next-door neighbor of the Beales of Grey Gardens or a sister to Jane Gardam's oddball protagonists, but she has an ebullient charm all her own.

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Hardback Editions

November 1982 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wish Her Safe at Home
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-312-88419-2 / 978-0-312-88419-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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September 1982 : UK Hardback

Title: Wish Her Safe at Home
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-370-30491-8 / 978-0-370-30491-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wish Her Safe at Home (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 1-59017-335-X / 978-1-59017-335-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wish Her Safe at Home
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-9554757-1-6 / 978-0-9554757-1-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Welbeck Press
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September 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wish Her Safe at Home (Pavanne Books)
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
ISBN: 0-330-28071-6 / 978-0-330-28071-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wish Her Safe At Home (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Stephen Benatar
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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