Juggling the Stars (Duckworth and the Italian Girls Series #1)

Juggling the Stars (Duckworth and the Italian Girls Series #1)

by Tim Parks

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Juggling the Stars (Duckworth and the Italian Girls Series #1) by Tim Parks


Morris Duckworth teaches English to the pampered rich of Verona and is not pleased. Living a meager existence in a squalid apartment, he regards his privileged students with envy and disdain, first wreaking revenge by petty theft and then, like all good criminals, graduating to grander larceny. When one of those students, a beautiful but vapid heiress, falls in love with him, Morris can almost smell upward mobility. However, after the girl’s mother—much to his chagrin—unequivocally forbids her from seeing him, he hits upon the perfect scheme: He convinces the besotted girl to run off with him, then sends ransom notes to her family.

Following a frightening logic, Morris’s subversions become deeper and darker. Soon events are spiraling with eerie momentum into a nightmare of deception and violence. As Publishers Weekly observed about the protagonist, “So deft is Parks’s dissection of Morris’s pathology that this taut narrative gains in suspense and surprise and sweeps to a shocking conclusion.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559705516
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 01/08/2001
Series: Duckworth and the Italian Girls Series , #1
Edition description: 1 ARCADE
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Tim Parks is the author of more than twenty novels and works of nonfiction, including the best-selling Italian Neighbors and An Italian Education. His novels include Europa which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His essays have appeared in the The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, for which he blogs. Tim Park is also a renowned translator. He lives in Italy.

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