Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Puzzleheaded Girl: Four Novellas” as Want to Read:
The Puzzleheaded Girl: Four Novellas
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Puzzleheaded Girl: Four Novellas

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Published (first published 1967)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Puzzleheaded Girl, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Puzzleheaded Girl

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-47)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Nicole
First of four, very odd. Or rather everyone in it is very odd, not only the girl of the title (though she is perhaps the oddest). I think I like that the story has no explanations for you, that Stead does not spell things out, give you a resolution, a what really happened. All that is left open. Particularly interesting, a blink and you'll miss it moment, Debrett's new girlfriend suggests that a woman reminds her not of Honor, but of Debrett's first wife.

The second I would characterize as follo
...more
Ben Winch
Oct 14, 2013 Ben Winch rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian, anglo
I’ve only read the title piece so far but it was pretty great. Strangely great, given that for half the time I was thinking, ‘Gee, is this all?’ It’s so programmatic it’s damn near abbreviated, all angular phrases, weird comma-placement, redundant semi-colons and an abrupt, urgent-but-distracted style, as if she wanted desperately to say something that could only half be said in words. But by halfway through I was warming to it. There’s never been – or I’ve never seen – a character quite like th ...more
Marianne
The Puzzle-headed Girl: Four Novellas is the ninth book by Australian author, Christina Stead. This edition is published under the Text Classics banner and sports a gorgeous colourful Picasso-esque cover by the talented W H Chong, as well as an introduction by author Fiona Wright. It was first published in 1967. The novellas are thematically linked.

The Puzzleheaded Girl: Honor Lawrence applies for a job at the Farmers’ United Corporation, and Augustus Debrett employs her as a filing clerk. She
...more
Phedra Deonarine
Phedra Deonarine rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2016
DoctorM
DoctorM rated it liked it
Aug 29, 2008
Franco Alfred
Franco Alfred rated it it was ok
Sep 18, 2014
ifjuly
ifjuly rated it really liked it
May 02, 2007
Jan
Jan rated it really liked it
Dec 30, 2008
Jonathan Norton
Jonathan Norton rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2011
Bet
Bet rated it liked it
May 24, 2012
Hester
Hester rated it liked it
Dec 09, 2013
S
S rated it liked it
Jun 01, 2007
Meg
Meg rated it really liked it
Mar 24, 2008
Mark
Mark rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2012
Andrew
Andrew rated it really liked it
Nov 16, 2016
Dani Tauni
Dani Tauni rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2014
Louise Ray
Louise Ray rated it liked it
Oct 29, 2015
Kristin
Kristin marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2008
Mike
Mike marked it as to-read
Apr 27, 2009
Jane
Jane marked it as to-read
Nov 12, 2009
Buried In Print
Buried In Print marked it as to-read
Feb 15, 2010
Pat
Pat marked it as to-read
Jan 23, 2011
Mely
Mely marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2015
Luci
Luci marked it as to-read
May 01, 2011
Monica
Monica marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2011
Summer Gotschall
Summer Gotschall marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2011
Alicia
Alicia marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2012
Will
Will marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2012
Jason
Jason marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2012
Misha
Misha marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2012
Emily G
Emily G marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2012
KatherineMayWilliams
KatherineMayWilliams marked it as to-read
Nov 02, 2012
Nazary
Nazary marked it as to-read
Feb 13, 2013
K.b.
K.b. marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2013
Jesse
Jesse marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2013
J.
J. marked it as to-read
Oct 14, 2013
Flowers
Flowers marked it as to-read
Oct 15, 2013
Rebecca
Rebecca marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2014
Jodi
Jodi marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2014
Twl Newtown
Twl Newtown marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2014
Adam
Adam marked it as to-read
Aug 25, 2014
Robyn Pierce
Robyn Pierce marked it as to-read
Feb 11, 2015
Lionzo
Lionzo marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2015
Rives
Rives added it
Jun 20, 2015
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
76328
Christina Stead (1902–1983) was an Australian writer regarded as one of the twentieth century’s master novelists. Stead spent most of her writing life in Europe and the United States, and her varied residences acted as the settings for a number of her novels. She is best known for The Man Who Loved Children (1940), which was praised by author Jonathan Franzen as a “crazy, gorgeous family novel” ...more
More about Christina Stead...

Share This Book