Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Now the Major Motion Picture Notes on a Scandal
Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense--and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own.
""Heller elevates a tabloid-worthy tale of obsession into an intense, witty, literary page-turner.""--Entertainment Weekly
""Deliciously perverse, laugh-out-loud funny [with] caustic wit and needle-sharp observations. The reader looks on, amused and aghast, as both unlikely seductress and her self-deluding protector become locked in a helpless embrace of need and betrayal.""--Vogue
""Deft, multivalent characterizations.""--Lisa Levy, Newsday
""Wicked and wonderful social satire.""--Glamour
""Heller is a great ventriloquist of character, and as the unhinged curator of the Sheba affair, Barbara is painfully note-perfect. What Was She Thinking? achieves some very worthy literary aims indeed.""--The Washington Post Book World