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The Tryst by Monique Roffey

The Tryst

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Jane and Bill, a London couple whose relationship is enduring the pressures of time but harbours some element of dissatisfaction, come across Lilah in a pub. She is sex incarnate, a creature of a thousand temptations, and her allure instantly attracts both of them. They invite her back to their home and we are introduced to a veritable bacchanal of an odyssey of sex, taboo-breaking and the most devious of psychological manipulations as seductions follow in quick succession and a point of no return is soon reached. For Lilah is a supernatural sprite and predator intent on dominating both men and women in a runaround dance of emotions, lust and extremes which sees the married couple suffer all the possible permutations from desire to hate as they regress to their primal nature. A curious erotic novel from a prize-winning established novelist hitherto working in different areas of the novel and none the worse for it. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Tryst by Monique Roffey

London, midsummer night. Jane and Bill meet the mysterious Lilah in a bar. She entrances the couple with half-true, mixed up tales about her life. At closing time, Jane makes an impulsive decision to invite Lilah back to their home. But Jane has made a catastrophic error of judgement, for Lilah is a skilled and ruthless predator, the likes of which few encounter in a lifetime. Isolated and cursed, Jane and Bill are forced to fight for each other, and, in doing so, discover their covert desires. Part psychological thriller, part contemporary magical realism, The Tryst revisits the tale of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, to examine the secrets of an everyday marriage.


“A throbbing homewrecker of a tale, too late to call Fifty Shades of Red.” DBC Pierre, author of Vernon God Little and 2013 Booker Prize Winner

“The Tryst is a sly, feral, witty, offbeat erotic novella that unsettles the reader, even as it arouses.” Rowan Pelling, editor, The Amorist

“Sexy as hell. A cross between the work of Angela Carter and Anais Nin, The Tryst weaves the urban and the modern with dark myth. Roffey is a risk taking and masterful storyteller.” AJ Malloy, author of The Story of X

“Monique Roffey’s The Tryst successfully straddles mythology and erotica to create a journey towards pleasure.” Suzanne Portnoy, author of The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

About the Author

Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born writer. Her novels have been translated into five languages and short-listed for major awards including the Orange Prize, COSTA Fiction Award, Encore Award, and the Orion Award. In 2013, Archipelago won the OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature. Her memoir, With the Kisses of his Mouth, was published in 2011. She is a Lecturer on the MFA in the Novel at Manchester Metropolitan University. She divides her time between the East end of London and Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Author photo © Marlon James

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6th July 2017


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198 pages


Literary Fiction
Provocative Prose

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Erotic fiction
Thriller / suspense



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