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From the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an even more accomplished and entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear.

The novel opens in London, in the 1880s, with the Barton household on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke one another, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family’s tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast and sympathies shift.

In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. The mother’s failing health and the father’s many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy.

While Angelica is reminiscent of such classic horror tales as The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it is also a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, reality, and love. Set at the dawn of psychoanalysis and the peak of spiritualism’s acceptance, Angelica is also an evocative historical novel that explores the timeless human hunger for certainty.

Angelica, Arthur Phillip's spellbinding third book, cements this young novelist's reputation as one of the best writers in America, a storyteller who combines Nabokovian wit and subtlety with a narrative urgency that rivals Stephen King" –Washington Post

Synopsis:

Interweaves conflicting interpretations of events from the perspectives of Joseph and Constance Barton, their daughter Angelica, and spiritualist Anne Montague, as the Bartons seek an explanation for a supernatural evil that may be threatening their house

About the Author

Arthur Phillips is the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague, which was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366016
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Arthur Phillips
Author:
Phillips, Arthur
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Ghost
Subject:
Spiritualism
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Audiobooks -- Fiction.
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Foreign Languages-German-Belletristik
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070403
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
331

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