Elizabeth Jolley

Alma Porch, aspiring dramatist, agrees to teach a course in Trinity College’s “Better Body Through the Arts” summer program for overweight women. There she's surrounded by starving matrons, orgies of sex and gluttony, and a motley array of staff and students eager to improve their minds and diminish their flesh by acting in her play, Foxybaby.

“Delicious and sustaining... shines and shines and shines like a good deed in a naughty world.”
—Angela Carter, The New York Times Book Review

“This is prose, thought, and art of the highest elegance and quality.”
Los Angeles Times

“A literary romp...merges fiction and fact in a campy style.... Alma Porch is a well-drawn and endearing guide.”
The Washington Post

“Hilarious, wry, disturbing, and optimistic.”
The Boston Globe

Elizabeth Jolley was born in 1923 in England and moved to Australia when she was in her thirties. She published her first book when she was fifty-three and went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated authors. In the United States, her novels were excerpted in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and critically acclaimed. Her works include Miss Peabody's Inheritance, Mr. Scobie’s Riddle, The Sugar Mother, and The Vera Wright Trilogy. She died in 2007.

Paperback / $15.00 (Can $18.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-363-1 / 262 pages / Fiction