Let Me Alone/ A Scarcity of Love Author:Anna Kavan The two novels encompassed in this book are considered Kavan's best. 'Let Me Alone' (1930) features the Anna Kavan character, whose fictional life closely parallels the lonely and isolated existence of its creator. Anna's mother dies in childbirth; her father kills himself when she is 13; and Anna is left in the care of her aunt Lauretta, who ... more »is modeled on Helen's own emotionally-cold mother. The novel follows Anna through her first friendship at boarding school - a relationship that is thwarted by the aunt, who finds it "unhealthy" - and her mismatched and near-tragic marriage to Matthew Kavan.
'A Scarcity of Love' (1956) was written as a catharsis after the death of the novelist's mother, who is depicted as not merely detached and frivolous (as in earlier Kavan books), but deeply cruel. This scathing portrait also features a cast of unfortunate secondary characters - including a daughter given away at birth and four doomed husbands - who are left emotional wrecks after encountering the heartless woman.« less