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Publisher Comments:

With his elegant prose, distinctive imagination, and deep empathy, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White once again dazzles us in three novellas. "The Courage Consort" tells of an a capella vocal ensemble sequestered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a monstrously complicated new piece. But competing artistic temperaments and sexual needs create as much discordance as the avant garde music. In "The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps," a lonely woman joins an archaeological dig at Whitby Abbey and unearths a mystery involving a long-hidden murder. In "The Fahrenheit Twins," strange children, identical in all but gender and left alone at the icy zenith of the world by their anthropologist parents, create their own ritual civilization.

In each of these novellas, Michel Faber creates a unique, self-contained world, where the perennial human drama plays out in all its passion and ambiguity.

Review:

"The loss of innocence, the urgency of sexual need and the persistence of inner demons unite these three fine novellas, further evidence of the wide-ranging imagination, ironic humor and incisive characterization Faber displayed in The Crimson Petal and the White. Sin, in 'The 199 Steps,' is working on an archeological dig in England when she encounters Mack, a gorgeous fitness buff. As Sin and Mack try to decipher the clues to a 1788 murder, Sin's dreams of a handsome man slitting her throat grow in intensity, paralleling the grisly facts she brings to light. The denouement is surprising — and satisfying — for what does not happen. In 'The Fahrenheit Twins,' Tainto'lilith and Marko'cain are pre-adolescent twin brother and sister living in the Arctic tundra with their eccentric parents, both anthropological researchers. When their mother dies, their father encourages them to voyage alone into the wilderness with her body tied to a sled. Catherine Courage, of the title story, is the soprano member of an avant-garde musical ensemble that has gathered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a fiendishly difficult piece. Suffering through a July heat wave, Catherine is driven to desperation by an eerie cry she hears in the night. A tragedy, however, provides the reality shock she needs. While this is a slighter effort than Faber's previous work, readers will again be immersed in the intense worlds he creates. Agent, Jamie Byng. (Nov. 4)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Three novellas by the author of THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE

About the Author

Michel Faber is the author of The Crimson Petal and the White, Under the Skin, and Some Rain Must Fall. His work has been published in twenty countries and has re-ceived several literary awards. He lives in the Scottish highlands.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151010615
Author:
Faber, Michel
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Mic
Author:
hel Faber
Location:
Orlando
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Twins
Subject:
Psychological fiction, English
Subject:
Vocal ensembles.
Subject:
Excavations
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no 1
Publication Date:
20041101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The loss of innocence, the urgency of sexual need and the persistence of inner demons unite these three fine novellas, further evidence of the wide-ranging imagination, ironic humor and incisive characterization Faber displayed in The Crimson Petal and the White. Sin, in 'The 199 Steps,' is working on an archeological dig in England when she encounters Mack, a gorgeous fitness buff. As Sin and Mack try to decipher the clues to a 1788 murder, Sin's dreams of a handsome man slitting her throat grow in intensity, paralleling the grisly facts she brings to light. The denouement is surprising — and satisfying — for what does not happen. In 'The Fahrenheit Twins,' Tainto'lilith and Marko'cain are pre-adolescent twin brother and sister living in the Arctic tundra with their eccentric parents, both anthropological researchers. When their mother dies, their father encourages them to voyage alone into the wilderness with her body tied to a sled. Catherine Courage, of the title story, is the soprano member of an avant-garde musical ensemble that has gathered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a fiendishly difficult piece. Suffering through a July heat wave, Catherine is driven to desperation by an eerie cry she hears in the night. A tragedy, however, provides the reality shock she needs. While this is a slighter effort than Faber's previous work, readers will again be immersed in the intense worlds he creates. Agent, Jamie Byng. (Nov. 4)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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