Hell: A Novel

Hell: A Novel

by Kathryn Davis
     
 

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Part mystery, part domestic meditation and part horror story, " "Hell" is Davis's tour de force." (Joy Press, "The Village Voice.") In her brilliantly eerie third novel, three households coexist in a single restless vision.See more details below

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Part mystery, part domestic meditation and part horror story, " "Hell" is Davis's tour de force." (Joy Press, "The Village Voice.") In her brilliantly eerie third novel, three households coexist in a single restless vision.

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Library Journal
This demanding and rewarding third novel by the author of Labrador (Farrar, 1990) and The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf (LJ 6/1/93) will delight all serious readers. Its sensuous prose and vivid rendering of the minutiae of everyday life propel the reader through three haunting tales woven together. They are the stories of two parents and two daughters in 1950s Philadelphia, a dollhouse whose inhabitants are not quite lifeless, and Edwina Moss, a 19th-century chatelaine of domesticity. The Philadelphia family's story is narrated by the elder daughter, who, infatuated with literature, peppers her narrative with sly allusions to Wuthering Heights (shutters banging, wind sweeping across the moors) and A Girl of the Limberlost. Strained marriages, details of housekeeping, anorexic daughters (both human and not), and the mysterious conflation of two paintings of Heaven and of Hell combine to demand rereading. For all collections of literary fiction.Judith Kicinski, Sarah Lawrence Coll., Bronxville, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316735056
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,065,997
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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