Seasoned blogreaders will know I am not normally prone to poetic effusions, and yet here goes :
Reading this book was very similar to uncovering a hidden gem in a particularly unexpected place! The low-expectations principle no doubt helped; I had never heard of Swift before.
This concise narrative of a life-defining day in the life of a young maid in the English post-war countryside - not wholly unlike 'Atonement' in atmosphere - was : enchanting, meta-literary, subtle, piquant and (sigh) simply wonderful.
Plus, a modest 150 pages long. I love an artist capable of killing his/her darlings.