In mesmerizing prose, best-selling and Rome Prize–winning author Will Boast reimagines the myth of Daphne and Apollo in this much-anticipated debut novel.Elegantly written and profoundly moving, this spellbinding debut affirms Boast’s reputation as a “new young American voice for the ages” (Tom Franklin). Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has few close friends and even fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, even one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she’s faced with an impossible choice: cling to her pristine, manicured isolation or risk the recklessness of real intimacy. Set against the vivid backdrop of a San Francisco flush with money and pulsing with protest, Daphne is a gripping and tender modern fable that explores both self-determination and the perpetual fight between love and safety.Praise for Will Boast:“Remarkable.” Phillip Lopate“[Boast] can really write.” Ann Beattie“So essential, so alive, so immediate.” Jesmyn Ward
|Publisher:||Liveright Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Audie Award finalist Tavia Gilbert is a classical theater and public radio-trained actress who has earned AudioFile Earphones and Parents' Choice awards for her audiobook narrations. Tavia has narrated more than 250 multicast and single-voice audiobooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I went into this for a romance, but once I focused in on Daphne's journey I became much happier as a reader. I became less annoyed with the lack of depth to Daphne and Ollie's relationship as it was a catalyst for her larger journey. Daphne is a fascinating, if not always likable, character. And, oh man, this cover!