Sex is forbidden at the Dasgupta Institute. So what is the sparkling, magnetically attractive Beth Marriot doing here? Beth is fighting demons: a catastrophic series of events has undermined all prospect of happiness. Trauma leaves her no alternative but to bury herself in the austere asceticism of a community that wakes at 4am, doesn't permit eye contact, let alone speech, and keeps men and women strictly segregated. But the curious self dies hard. Conflicted and wayward, Beth stumbles on a diary and cannot keep away from it, or the man who wrote it.
Originally published with the title The Server
It's a cracker - clever, funny and insightful, with complicated, conflicted and totally convincing Beth at heart
Parks writes with detachment, wit and intelligence, and the troubled voice in Beth is entirely convincing
A wry and subtle story about what happens when the western self tries to lose itself.
An eminently readable and thought-provoking novel that teases you to the last page, and possibly beyond
Quirky, witty and deep