This is Sylvia Plath's most famous work and only novel. It was originally published under a pseudonym. Sylvia Plath wrote this novel shortly before her death, and in retrospect it is very autobiographical. I find it to be very haunting to read the main character's descent into suicidal depression and to know that it mirrored the way Plath, herself, was feeling. I liked this book a lot. Although it is sad, it is very honest. It is an in-depth look at the deeply depressed mind. The novel is about a young writer, Esther Greenwood, who is extremely talented and bright, but is slowly giving in to her depression. Those who have suffered from depression will relate to Esther, and hopefully those who have not will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the condition. It must have been harrowing for those close to Plath to have read this novel after her death and to have understood her struggle when it was too late.
Esther Greenwood, a talented and successful writer, finally succumbs to madness when the world around her begins to falter.