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Constance by Patrick Mcgrath
  

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Constance is a young, damaged ice blonde beauty, almost in the mould of Hitchcockian heroines. Sidney is the much older man she marries with a desire to ‘rescue’ her. Surrounding them are Iris, Constance’s carefree sister, their distant father and secrets galore. An intriguing and dark novel that you’re likely to love if you don’t mind reading about deeply unlikeable characters! It is not perhaps his best but his fine and elegant prose makes for excellent reading.

If you like Patrick Mcgrath you might also like to read books by Claire Messud, Patrick Mccabe and Jim Crace.

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Synopsis

Constance by Patrick Mcgrath

The aloof and enigmatic Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan when she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior, at a literary party. A few weeks later, he proposes marriage and Constance accepts, moving into his dark, book-filled apartment. But Constance is tortured by a bitter past. When her father makes a devastating revelation, Constance's fragile psyche suffers a profound shock. Her marriage, already tottering, threatens to collapse completely. Sidney can only watch and wait, doubting his own moral strength. Constance's consolation is the friendship of Sidney's boy Howard, a strange, delicate child, not unlike Constance herself...

Reviews

Superb ... Constance is a beautifully wrought creation who stands at the book's centre like a cool column of marble ... The New York location, not to mention Constance's neurotic flights, may put one in mind of Esther Greenwood in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. McGrath has long been a great writer of modern gothic ... Brilliant -- George Pendle Financial Times

McGrath has the gift, the storyteller's gift, to compel attention, so that you gaze rapt into the fire and listen to the tale unfold - Sunday Times

Sensational plot -- Catherine Taylor Sunday Telegraph

Elegant psychological thriller -- Kate Saunders The Times

About the Author

Patrick Mcgrath

Patrick McGrath is the author of a short story collection, Blood and Water and Other Tales, and six previous novels including Spider, Asylum, Martha Peake and Port Mungo. His most recent book was Ghost Town, a volume of novellas about New York. Spider was made into a film in 2002 by acclaimed director David Cronenberg.

Patrick McGrath lives in London and New York.

Photgraph © Marion Ettlinger

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Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

Patrick Mcgrath

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408843321

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