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The Perfect Place

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Sheila Kohler is on tour to promote the paperback reprints of Crossways and The Perfect Place.

"A wholly entrancing narrative. . . . Kohler has a fine ear for truth and untruth and the musical possibilities of their interplay."
J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace

At a hotel in Switzerland, a mysterious and elegant woman is recovering from an unspecified illness. One day, a man approaches her...

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Overview

Sheila Kohler is on tour to promote the paperback reprints of Crossways and The Perfect Place.

"A wholly entrancing narrative. . . . Kohler has a fine ear for truth and untruth and the musical possibilities of their interplay."
J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace

At a hotel in Switzerland, a mysterious and elegant woman is recovering from an unspecified illness. One day, a man approaches her on the terrace. "You were a friend of Daisy Summers," he says. With that simple statement begins the unraveling of a decades-old mystery and a journey into a mind as fascinatingly intelligent and amoral as readers have seen since Patricia Highsmith unleashed The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Other Press is proud to reissue Sheila Kohler's stunning debut novel. In the fifteen years since first publication of The Perfect Place, Kohler has staked her own terrain in a series of unique and seductive novels and short stories that have been internationally acclaimed.

"Once in a while a novel appears which stands out. . . . The Perfect Place is such a book. . . . Convincing as case history, and an engrossing entertainment."
Sunday Times (U.K.)

"Magnificent . . . totally gripping through Kohler's subtle and poetic mastery of style and form. Unforgettable." –D.M. Thomas, author of The White Hotel

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Sunday Times (U.K.)

"Once in a while a novel appears which stands out. . . . The Perfect Place is such a book. . . . Convincing as case history, and an engrossing entertainment."


D.M. Thomas, author of The White Hotel

"Magnificent . . . totally gripping through Kohler's subtle and poetic mastery of style and form. Unforgettable."

Library Journal
Troubled by ghosts of the past, the asthmatic, solitary narrator of this psychosexually chilling short novel has totally repressed a shocking secret. Triggered by current sensory images, it emerges slowly in fragmentary memories that have blocked full awareness. Finally she remembers the crime she committed against a schoolmate, which now haunts her until she can face its memory. ``No man is an island,'' said John Donne, but Kohler believes in the privacy of ``islands.'' A bizarre, cerebral memoir that unfolds slowly and deliberately in a series of almost impressionistic sensory images. Recommended.-- Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590512043
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/5/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Kohler

Sheila Kohler

Sheila Kohler is the author of six previous novels, including Crossways, The Perfect Place, Cracks, and Children of Pithiviers (all available in Other Press editions). A native of South Africa, she makes her home in New York City and teaches at Bennington College in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Clever and Amusing Book

    This is a real page turner and very funny. Kohler has a wicked sense of humour and a gift for imagery. An original book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    Perfect Place

    What wonderful writing. I advise rushing out to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    Perfect Place

    Such a wonderfully written and suspensful book. I couldn't put it down.

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