Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

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by Kathryn Harrison
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588368546
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
607,498
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Bob Shacochis
Thicker Than Water -- its unsettling intimacy, its stormy dark eroticism -- is entirely hypnotizing. If we can ever finally know each other, it is because we are cornered into that knowledge by our very best writers, writers like Kathryn Harrison, who are unflinching, who will not turn away from the desperate love that makes the world less safe. To say that Harrison plays with fire would be an understatement.

Meet the Author

Kathryn Harrison's novels include Thicker than Water and Exposure, both New 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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