Thicker Than Water

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Isabel is the troubled daughter of charismatic but reckless parents who hastily wed, divorced just as fast, and distanced themselves from each other–and their child. Left to her grandparents’ care, Isabel longs for her remote, glamorous mother and for a father who is a fading memory. Unable to control her agony, Isabel rebels in perverse and dangerous ways. A captivating novel that gives new meaning to Freud’s “family romance,” Thicker Than Water vividly illuminates the fragile line between love and the darker ...

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Isabel is the troubled daughter of charismatic but reckless parents who hastily wed, divorced just as fast, and distanced themselves from each other–and their child. Left to her grandparents’ care, Isabel longs for her remote, glamorous mother and for a father who is a fading memory. Unable to control her agony, Isabel rebels in perverse and dangerous ways. A captivating novel that gives new meaning to Freud’s “family romance,” Thicker Than Water vividly illuminates the fragile line between love and the darker sides of passion.

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“Harrowing . . . it not only succeeds in conveying the horrors that parents may inflict upon their children, but . . . manages to wring from its heroine’s story the hope and possibility of transcendence.” —New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant, overheated first novel simmering with everything one wouldn’t want to know about a family: incest, obsession, revenge.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Fascinating . . . Harrison describes twisted family mechanics with a stylish intensity that gives the grimness meaning.” —Boston Globe

“Remarkable . . . a boldly distinctive voice . . . both lyrical and depth-plumbing, a voice charged with intensity and informed by psychological truths.”—Newsday

San Francisco Chronicle
A brilliant, overheated first novel simmering with everything one wouldn't want to know about a family: incest, obsession, revenge...
Boston Globe
Fascinating...Harrison describes twisted family mechanics with a stylish intensity that gives the grimness meaning.
New York Times Book Review
Harrowing...it not only succeeds in conveying the horrors that parents may inflict upon their children, but...manages to wring from its heroine's story the hope and possibility of transcendence.
Library Journal
Caught in the throes of an intense struggle to break out of her dysfunctional family and to gain the love of her mother, Isabel uses drugs to free herself of her emotional pain, enters into sexually submissive relationships, and engages in any action or situation that she can possibly think of to win her battles. At times the novel appears to border on melodramatic soap opera, crammed with every awful, sleazy situation that could make it a best seller. Then the reality of Isabel's desperate situation takes over. Despite the melodrama, Isabel's search for self is eloquently told in the pages of this psychological novel. Reading more like a journal, this first novel is rich in character development, motivation, and plot. Isabel's struggles and final triumphs over all the atrocious things she has endured make this truly a ``woman's'' novel. For popular fiction collections and libraries having a large female clientele. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club alternates; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/90.-- April Judge, Thousand Oaks Lib., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812979725
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 982,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Harrison's novels include Thicker than Water and Exposure, bothNew York Times Notable Books, and Poison, called "powerful and hypnotic" by The New York Times and "a masterpiece" by Lucy Grealy. Harrison lives in New York.

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