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Damage

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"Hypnotic."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

He was a married M.P.with two grown children. On the surface, his life was what he wanted it to be. She was his son's fiancee, a shattered woman who had only known forbidden love. When they meet, their attraction is instantaneous, their obsession complete. And nothing, it seems, can tear them away from each other and their dangerous, damaging, illicit passion....

"Striking."

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Overview

"Hypnotic."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

He was a married M.P.with two grown children. On the surface, his life was what he wanted it to be. She was his son's fiancee, a shattered woman who had only known forbidden love. When they meet, their attraction is instantaneous, their obsession complete. And nothing, it seems, can tear them away from each other and their dangerous, damaging, illicit passion....

"Striking."

THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

The most talked-about bestseller of the year--a mesmerizing novel of erotic and emotional obsession. He was a successful doctor and an established politician. But that was before he met his son's fiancee Anna. "All damaged people are dangerous, " she told him. And Anna is damaged--and dangerous.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hart's tragic and emotional tour de force, which spent 16 weeks on PW 's hardcover bestseller list, is narrated by a man obsessed with his son's fiancee. This Literary Guild selection has 90,000 hardcover copies in print. Mar.
Library Journal
The unnamed narrator of this chilling, uncomfortable first novel lives a life many men work vainly all their lives to attain: wealth, successful political career, beautiful wife, two attractive children. At the age of 50, however, the narrator has yet to feel passionately about anything--or anyone--in his life. Then his son brings home the woman he plans to marry, the enigmatic Anna Barton, and he recognizes in Anna the passion for which he will eagerly lay to waste everything and everyone in his life. Anna, tragedy ever-present in her life, warns, ``Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.'' Unheeding, he does not veer from a path which can lead only to damage for everyone except, ultimately, perhaps Anna herself. Compulsively readable enough to be devoured in a single sitting, this novel is brilliant, but unsettling. Obsession and its aftermath can be fascinating, but never comfortable, reading. For large fiction collections. Literary Guild alternate; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/90.--Dean James, Houston Acad. of Medicine/Texas Medical Ctr. Lib.
From the Publisher
“To read this tale of mutual obsession is like being abducted. Josephine Hart has managed to create a portrait of psychological and erotic obsession that is so compelling as, for a brief moment, to suck all the oxygen out of the air.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“A taut, sinister tale of erotic obsession.” —Vanity Fair
 
Damage is a masterpiece.” —The Washington Post
 
“The violent dreamscape of Damage stayed with me long after I closed the book. Did I dream it? Did I live it? My very uncertainty tells me I have read something rare.” —Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying
 
“The effect is powerful: here is naked obsession, sulphurous, total, scarcely possible to live with.” —Financial Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453200087
  • Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 1,455,738
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Hart’s international bestselling novels include Damage, Sin, Oblivion, and The Truth About Love. Born and raised in Ireland, she also produced several successful plays in London’s West End. Prior to becoming a writer, Hart worked in publishing and established the Gallery Poets and West End Poetry Hour.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    UNFORGETTABLE

    A complex and tragic tale of infedelity and the domino effect the poor choice has on every person touched by the act. Beautifully written and completely addicting from page one to end.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    If you like Ian McEwan...

    I read a review of The Reconstructionist, and then I found Damage in a used bookstore in Ashland, OR. Maybe you saw the movie with Jeremy Irons. I did, and I thought it quite good. But the novel has a psychological intensity that didn't quite translate to the big screen. I've enjoyed the novels of Ian McEwan & I'd put this right up there with his best. You're afraid to finish it, you need to finish it - and then you hate that it's over.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    Fascinating!

    A read that I could not put down! A fantastic read that examines one individual's life that is lived because of others and not one's own desires. It is amazing how the author describes the fascination of the main character and his Anna and how that dedication continues through out all else. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE NOVELS

    THIS IS A TRULY BRILLIANT WORK.I FOUND MYSELF UNDERLINING PASSAGES, IT IS PROFOUND ON SO MANY LEVELS:FAMILY, LOVE, LOSS ,OBSESSION TO NAME A FEW.HARTS' USE OF LANGUAGE IS SHARP AS A RAZOR.MINIMALIST PROSE,CLEARLY DEFINING EACH IDEA AND FEELING.EACH CHARACTOR IS DEFINED TO THE EXACT DEGREE AS TO BE ABLE TO PUT ONESELF IN EACHS' PLACE. A MASTERPIECE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    A rare book

    The reason why I adore this book: he does not 'fall in love' with her or even 'have chemistry' together. He does not 'have an affair' with her. It is much more than that. He is living 50 years in 4 months. She is the portal.

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