Mortal Love

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In the Victorian Age, a mysterious and irresistible woman becomes entwined in the lives of several artists, both as a muse and as the object of all-consuming obsession. Radborne Comstock, one of the early twentieth century's most brilliant young painters, is helpless under her dangerous spell.

In modern-day London, journalist Daniel Rowlands meets a beguiling woman who holds the secret to invaluable — and lost — Pre-Raphaelite paintings, while ...

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Overview

In the Victorian Age, a mysterious and irresistible woman becomes entwined in the lives of several artists, both as a muse and as the object of all-consuming obsession. Radborne Comstock, one of the early twentieth century's most brilliant young painters, is helpless under her dangerous spell.

In modern-day London, journalist Daniel Rowlands meets a beguiling woman who holds the secret to invaluable — and lost — Pre-Raphaelite paintings, while wealthy dilettante-actor Valentine Comstock is consumed by enigmatic visions.

Swirling between eras and continents, Mortal Love is the intense tale of unforgettable characters caught in a whirlwind of art, love, and intrigue that will take your breath away.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
“A brilliant novel like Elizabeth Hand’s recent Mortal Love deserves all the readers it can get.”
Peter Straub
“ I think she has written the best book of her generation.”
John Crowley
“Don’t turn the pages too fast–if you can help it.”
Kelly Link
“You don’t so much read this novel as drink it down, like absinthe.”
James Reese
“A great gothic read, and one that dishes up all the dark delights.”
Alisa Kwitney
“Mortal Love is a wildly intelligent, dangerously sexy read.”
People Magazine
"A literary page-turner…deeply pleasurable…Hand’s lushly worded tale is consistently gripping. … A delightful waking dream." (Four stars)
People
“A literary page-turner…deeply pleasurable…Hand’s lushly worded tale is consistently gripping. … A delightful waking dream.” (Four stars)
Washington Post Book World
“At once a painting in prose, an investigation into artistic obsession and a re-evaluation…. Ambitious and richly imagined.”
People
“A literary page-turner…deeply pleasurable…Hand’s lushly worded tale is consistently gripping. … A delightful waking dream.” (Four stars)
Village Voice
“The novel succeeds as both a thriller and a meditation on the mysterious nature of inspiration.”
BookPage
“A lushly written treat that is also that rarest of things, a thought-provoking literary page-turner.”
Detroit Free Press
“Mortal Love is bewitching, sexy, creepy and, under all, dazzlingly romantic.”
Bradford Morrow
“Elizabeth Hand is a writer whose vision, and whose writing into that extraordinary vision of hers, is exceptional…”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060755348
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,328,636
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

A New York Times notable and multiple award– winning author, Elizabeth Hand has written seven novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North London.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Awful

    I could not get into this book at all. I was still not interested in the storyline half way through but I kept reading hoping it would get better. It didn't. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, art, and magic/whimsy and this book has a little of it all tied into one story but surprisingly it was a terrible combination. Few of the characters were interesting, almost none could be related to, and the storyline was confusing and jumped around--and not in an interesting way. I really wanted to enjoy this, but it was just awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    A beautifully written romance

    I didn't really like this book when I started it, but by the time I finished it I was hooked. The book and its characters draw you in.

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