Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Angela Smith
Jean Rhys's late literary masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea, was inspired by Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and set in the lush, beguiling landscape of Jamaica in the 1830s.
Born into an opressive colonialist society, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty. After their marriage disturbing rumours begin to circulate, poisoning her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is driven towards madness.