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ISBN13: 9781400041664
ISBN10: 140004166x
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Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "an uncommon storyteller [with a] trademark ability to probe the layers of the human psyche," Patrick McGrath has written his most addictive and enthralling novel yet.

Charlie Weir's family is comprehensively dysfunctional — abandoned by his father, his mother ravaged by that betrayal, and his brother, Walt, a successful artist, less Charlie's ally than his rival. So it's hardly surprising that he should find a vocation in psychiatry in New York City, counseling traumatized war veterans returning home from Vietnam. Agnes Magill, the sister of one damaged soldier, soon becomes Charlie's wife. But the suicide of her brother, Danny, ends the marriage, leaving Charlie to endure a corrosive loneliness even as Manhattan grows steadily more dirty and dangerous around him.

Then, in the haunting aftermath of Charlie's mother's death, Agnes returns to offer him the solace that he has never been able to provide for her. Almost simultaneously, he is presented with a quite different anodyne — a volatile woman whose irresistible beauty, tinged though it is with an air of grievous suffering, jeopardizes everything he has hoped might restore his dwindling faith in his calling, his future and himself.

As Charlie's hold on sanity weakens, and events conspire to send him reeling headlong toward the abyss, the themes of family, passion and madness — by now synonymous with Patrick McGrath's writing — rightly assume "the inevitability of myth," as Tobias Wolff has written of his work, in "fiction of a depth and power we hardly hope to encounter anymore." A genuine psychological thriller, Trauma is an experience at once unnerving, unsettling and utterly riveting.

Review:

"Being a wimp, I tend to shy away from novels about bloodthirsty maniacs, serial killers and human monsters of any sort. My heart just can't take the emotional beating. I pity the poor boob about to be eviscerated by the smiler with the knife; I shudder when the smooth-talking sociopath invites the lonely young woman up to see his butterfly collection; I suffer with the parents and friends of the murdered... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Trauma is Patrick McGrath at his dark-hearted best. Read one page — one sentence — and you'll be hooked by this elegant psychological thriller....Trauma reminds you of how satisfying it is to be unable to put a book down — and then, when it's over, to be sorry and relieved to enter your own comparatively unhaunted life." Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine

Review:

"Tortuous, often gripping....The novel is aptly titled, since trauma can be said to be the origin and the end of its insidiously uncoiling developments." Sven Birkerts, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Unpleasantly self-righteous characters gather accusingly around a narrator who's awfully clueless for a shrink — though well written and shrewdly perceptive, as always, this isn't one of McGrath's more compelling efforts." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This is a book more to be admired than embraced. The uncompromising development of its initial premise is carried out with a chilly skill that exactly duplicates the professional approach of its central character, the 'alienist.' Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Each of these characters seems a real, living entity that any of us could encounter on any given day....[A] wondrously strong title from a gifted writer who should be getting far more attention." BookReporter.com

Review:

"[A] novel that feels like a transitional work: a bridge, perhaps, from Mr. McGrath's distinctive but increasingly repetitive horror stories to something less metaphoric but equally Freudian, less overtly bizarre but just as revealing about the peculiarities of the human psyche." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"Patrick McGrath's first-person narrator is much too chilly to do his job....Instead of immersing us in Charlie's problems, dragging us relentlessly to his ultimate discovery, McGrath writes so flatly that it's hard to care." St. Petersburg Times

Synopsis:

A genuine psychological thriller by an uncommon storyteller "with a trademark ability to probe the layers of the human psyche" (San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle), Trauma is also Patrick McGrath's most addictive and enthralling novel yet.

About the Author

Patrick McGrath lives with his wife, Maria Aitken, in New York and London.

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Clark, August 23, 2008 (view all comments by Clark)
Trauma is an intense book. It thoroughly grips you and refuses to loosen up on it's hold, long after you complete the book. The book is only 210 pages in length, but the pages are written so well that it is impossible to feel cheated. I don't want to give away plot details, so I'll just end by saying that everyone should read this book. It is well worth your time and money.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400041664
Author:
McGrath, Patrick
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Psychiatrists
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.50x6.06x.85 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Random House - English 9781400041664 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Trauma is Patrick McGrath at his dark-hearted best. Read one page — one sentence — and you'll be hooked by this elegant psychological thriller....Trauma reminds you of how satisfying it is to be unable to put a book down — and then, when it's over, to be sorry and relieved to enter your own comparatively unhaunted life."
"Review" by , "Tortuous, often gripping....The novel is aptly titled, since trauma can be said to be the origin and the end of its insidiously uncoiling developments."
"Review" by , "Unpleasantly self-righteous characters gather accusingly around a narrator who's awfully clueless for a shrink — though well written and shrewdly perceptive, as always, this isn't one of McGrath's more compelling efforts."
"Review" by , "This is a book more to be admired than embraced. The uncompromising development of its initial premise is carried out with a chilly skill that exactly duplicates the professional approach of its central character, the 'alienist.' Recommended."
"Review" by , "Each of these characters seems a real, living entity that any of us could encounter on any given day....[A] wondrously strong title from a gifted writer who should be getting far more attention."
"Review" by , "[A] novel that feels like a transitional work: a bridge, perhaps, from Mr. McGrath's distinctive but increasingly repetitive horror stories to something less metaphoric but equally Freudian, less overtly bizarre but just as revealing about the peculiarities of the human psyche."
"Review" by , "Patrick McGrath's first-person narrator is much too chilly to do his job....Instead of immersing us in Charlie's problems, dragging us relentlessly to his ultimate discovery, McGrath writes so flatly that it's hard to care."
"Synopsis" by , A genuine psychological thriller by an uncommon storyteller "with a trademark ability to probe the layers of the human psyche" (San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle), Trauma is also Patrick McGrath's most addictive and enthralling novel yet.
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