|About the Book|
When I read accounts in various articles about Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton’s phone calls and letters about how they would commit suicide, I knew that there was a ‘play’ in there somewhere.”The discussions inspired my play but Goblin Market butMoreWhen I read accounts in various articles about Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton’s phone calls and letters about how they would commit suicide, I knew that there was a ‘play’ in there somewhere.”The discussions inspired my play but Goblin Market but its a work of fiction.Nell and Marin, two young women who do not know one another, come to a Laundromat with a basket full of dirty clothes. As they get to know each other, they realize that they are twin souls, and have a lot more in common that they realize- they understand that neither of them have arrived at the Laundromat to do laundry, but to get their house in order and ‘clean their lives.’As the women discuss how to clean their clothes, they speak in a language only they understand. As they sort their soiled laundry, (no detergent gets out everything) they discuss the advantages of death by suicide.Another woman, Charlotte, enters the Laundromat to do her weekly watching, and she enters the discussion. Charlotte represents all the things that Nell and Marin are trying to escape- societys indifference to the artist in society, women with traditional marriages who never question their role in society, and individuals who make judgments toward anyone who do not think as they do.When the laundry is sorted, and placed in the machines, the women arrive at a decision and they leave the Laundromat without taking their clothes.Charlotte is appalled that two grown women do not know how to properly wash their clothes.