After her parents' bitter divorce, young Maisie Farange finds herself shuttled between her selfish mother and vain father, who value her only as a means for provoking each other. And when both take lovers and remarry, Maisie - solitary, observant and wise beyond her years - is drawn into an increasingly entangled adult world of intrigue and sexual betrayal, until she is finally compelled to choose her own future. Published in 1897 when Henry James was becoming increasingly experimental with narrative technique and fascinated by the idea of the child's-eye view, What Maisie Knew is a subtle, intricate yet devastating portrayal of an innocent adrift in a corrupt society.
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This is the story of Maisie, who is the six-year-old child of a divorced couple. The Courthas arranged that she shall live with each of her parents for alternate six-month periods. This serves the parents' purpose of spite and they earnestly indoctrinate Maisie with hateful notions of each other.Review:
"Reading Henry James is like putting a new faculty to the test. This is the true morality."--Anita Brookner
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