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The Visitors by Mary McMinnies.

Jacket design by Drake Brookshaw.


A "Book of the Month Club" book published by Harcourt, Brace and Company in 1958.


576 pages / 5.75 x 8.3 x 1.75 inches / 14.6 x 21 x 4.4 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

Some tearing / ripping to the dust jacket. The dust jacket has discolored a bit with age.


"Mary McMinnies has produced that rarest of excitements: a second novel which not only confirms the promise of her first but soars above the most generous mark that could have been set for her, and announces without room for a moment's doubt the arrival of a new and exhilarating talent....It would be good to light bonfires and ring bells and blow trumpets in honour of The Visitors; but there's no need to really; there's excitement enough in reading it."---John Metcalf, The Sunday Times (London)

Set in a country that might well be modern Poland, rich in plot and character, notable for its narrative power, Mary McMinnies' second novel is superb entertainment and a triumphant successor to The Flying Fox. High comedy and steadily mounting tension are both present in this dramatic book, which revolves about a charming and beautiful woman in whom there is "quite simply a gap where a moral sense should have been."

Irresponsible, irresistible, Milly Purdoe is the wife of a young man in the English Foreign Service who has been assigned to a romantic, shabby, sinister old city--could it be Krakow? Here Milly becomes involved with a remarkable assortment of people: a forceful American journalist, members of the diplomatic corps, the agents (open and secret) of the new regime, and relics of the former aristocracy, some of them admirable, some detestable--all fascinating.

Before Milly has done with them, she has radically, even disastrously, altered their destines. And before Mary McMinnies has done with Milly she has exposed, with devastating insight, ruthless gusto, and an astonished affection that the reader can't help sharing, every facet of a devious and complicated woman.

Witty, eloquent, penetrating, and substantial, The Visitors also presents an engrossing picture of life under Communism: the outrageous humor, corruption, danger, tragedy. It possesses, moreover, the inexhaustible energy, rare in current fiction, that is the hallmark of a major novelist.

The Visitors by Mary McMinnies


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