This book is a bit dated, but I didn’t mind. The author does such a good job of conjuring the mood and atmosphere of New Orleans in the fifties, and the reflection of that on the psychology of her main character that it worked for me. I’d never heard of this author before I was given a few of her books as a gift–more travel reading for when I’m down south. I took this one with me on my recent vacation and it clicked. Walking around the city, I was convinced that I would run into the main character, so vividly was she portrayed. Reminded me of Muriel Spark.