From the author of the Orange Prize long-listed, The Pink Hotel
Cathy is a young woman who escapes her feral childhood in a rundown chalet on the East coast of England to become a curator of natural history in Berlin. Although seemingly liberated from her destructive past, she commemorates her most significant memories and love affairs – one savage, one innocent, one full of potential – in a collection of objects that form a bizarre museum of her life. When an old lover turns up at a masked party at Berlin’s natural history museum and events take a terrifying turn, Cathy must confront their shared secrets in order to protect her future. This is an exquisitely crafted, rare and original work.
‘How well do we really know other people – or ourselves? That’s the provocative question that drives Anna Stothard’s astonishing American debut.’ —The Boston Globe
‘Stylish… captures an outsider’s gape at sun-drenched Los Angeles.’ —The New York Times
‘Astonishingly good … Stothard’s writing is accomplished and very engaging.’ —The Times
‘Anna Stothard’s third book, after the much-praised Isabel and Rocco and The Pink Hotel, confirms her talent: the prose here can be transfixingly good.’ —The Independent
‘Anna Stothard’s third novel cements her her place as one of Britain’s best young authors… Stothard’s lush, dreamy prose is given full rein …’ —The Literary Review
‘A sinister debut from an author who shows serious promise. The plot has echoes of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden – two children mysteriously left alone by their parents.’ —Vogue
‘Anna Stothard’s pre-university debut is dazzling … surly and oversexed, vulnerable and murderous … it is remarkably accomplished.’ —The Observer Review
‘Stothard’s claustrophobic and compelling atmosphere of sadistic sexual fizz between her two main characters keeps the reader gripped.’ —The Times
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