"A perfect book." -- -- Chicago Tribune
"Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious." -- -- Saturday Review
"A gloriously witty and polished vignette." -- Times Literary Supplement
"A perfect book." -- Chicago Tribune
"A remarkable novel." -- New Statesman
"Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious." -- Saturday Review
"Intelligent, witty...Spark's powers of invention are apparently inexhaustible." -- Commonweal
"Muriel Spark is one of the few writers on either side of the Atlantic with enough resources, daring, and stamina to be altering, as well as feeding, the fiction machine." -- John Updike, The New Yorker
"Remarkable: Surprises are systematically reduced until there is only one left, and it is like the stab of a stiletto." -- The Spectator
From the Inside Flap
Spark's most celebrated novel, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, tells the story of a charismatic schoolteacher's catastrophic effect on her pupils. THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS" is a beautifully drawn portrait of young women living in a hostel in London in the giddy postwar days of 1945. THE DRIVER'S SEAT follows the final haunted hours of a woman descending into madness. And THE ONLY PROBLEM is a witty fable about suffering that brings the Book of Job to bear on contemporary terrorism.
All four novels give evidence of one of the most original and unmistakable voices in contemporary fiction. Characters are vividly etched in a few words; earth-shaking events are lightly touched on. Yet underneath the glittering surface there is an obsessive probing of metaphysical questions: the meaning of good and evil, the need for salvation, the search for significance. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.