Death Comes as the End
William Collins, Sons
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Absent in the Spring is a novel written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by Collins in August 1944 and in the US by Farrar & Rinehart later in the same year. It was the third of six novels Christie wrote under the nom-de-plume Mary Westmacott.
Absent in the Spring Wikipedia
The title is a quotation from Shakespeare's sonnet 98: "From you have I been absent in the spring,..."
Stranded between trains, Joan Scudamore finds herself reflecting upon her life, her family, and finally coming to grips with the uncomfortable truths about her life.
The Times Literary Supplement's review of 19 August 1944 by Marjorie Grant Cook stated positively, "The writer has succeeded in making this novel told in retrospect, with its many technical difficulties, very readable indeed. She has not made Joan, with her shallow, scrappy mind, sympathetic, and the other characters in the tale, seen through her eyes, lack the charm they had for each other and withheld from her."
J. D. Beresford's review in The Guardian of 25 August 1944 concluded, "It is a very clever and consistently interesting study of a character that not even a desert vision could permanently change."1944, William Collins & Sons (London), August 1944, Hardcover, 160 pp
1944, Farrar & Rinehart (New York), 1944, Hardcover, 250 pp
1967, Dell Books, Paperback, 192 pp
1971, Arbor House, Hardback, 250 pp
1974, Fontana Books (Imprint of HarperCollins), Paperback, 192 pp
1978, Ulverscroft Large-print Edition, Hardcover, 300 pp; ISBN 0-7089-0115-8
The novel was first serialised in the US in Good Housekeeping in two abridged instalments from July to August 1944.