Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The Life and Death of Harriett Frean is a 1922 novel by English author May Sinclair.
The subject of the novel
The Life and Death of Harriett Frean is the story of Harriett Frean, a woman so afraid of life that she will eventually talk herself out of living it. The novel follows Harriet as she is raised to be the ideal Victorian woman. Harriett is proud of her self-sacrifice (which she believes is the highest love of all) but when she falls in love with her best friend’s fiance she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. Having decided not to follow her heart Harriett spends the rest of her life trying to convince herself that she has done the right thing. Described as a « small, perfect gem of a book » by author Jonathan Coe.