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Poison: A Novel
     

Poison: A Novel

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by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
 

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A tour de force about marriage, deceit, and envy, "rich in fairy tale imagery and in vivid metaphors" (Publishers Weekly).
The death of flamboyant writer and womanizer Peter Grosvenor sets in motion a series of spiraling events surrounding his legacy and his estate. His bitter third wife, his two children, his sister, his friends, and his would-be biographers are

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A tour de force about marriage, deceit, and envy, "rich in fairy tale imagery and in vivid metaphors" (Publishers Weekly).
The death of flamboyant writer and womanizer Peter Grosvenor sets in motion a series of spiraling events surrounding his legacy and his estate. His bitter third wife, his two children, his sister, his friends, and his would-be biographers are drawn into a maelstrom of intense memories and painful encounters as each of the major players in Peter's life seeks to appropriate Peter's estate for his or her own purposes. As a complex story of passion, jealousy, and loss unfolds, the figures that had once blossomed in Peter's presence spin off into their own orbits and turn against one another without the anchor of his charismatic presence. Ultimately, the tragedy and scandal that marred his life cannot be ended even by his death. Susan Fromberg Schaeffer writes with exquisite flavor and measure; character, history, and relationships build into a large, minutely detailed canvas and remind us why she is a master of the epic novel. Reading group guide included.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“Utterly fascinating fiction....a novel in which nearly everything happens in terms of the range of human behavior and emotions....[Schaeffer] deftly takes us in and out of the minds of all her characters, exposing their vulnerabilities, neuroses, psychoses, fears, anxieties, agendas.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329797
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer (1940 - 2011) was a Professor of English and author of fourteen novels, six poetry collections, and other works.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 25, 1941
Date of Death:
August 26, 2011
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:
Chicago, Illinois
Education:
B.A., University of Chicago, 1961; M.A., University of Chicago, 1963; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1966
Website:
http://www.susanfrombergschaeffer.com

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Poison 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read more than a dozen of the author's works and she continues to produce lovely fiction. Don't miss this one. You'll be hooked and your library of her works will grow and grow.