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The Poison That Fascinates by Jennifer Clement
  

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The Poison That Fascinates by Jennifer Clement

Abandoned by her mother as a baby, Emily now lives with her father in Mexico City. She works in the local Catholic orphanage. Life is simple. But when an enigmatic cousin, Santi, appears on the doorstep he brings family secrets, and soon Emily finds desire and temptation have overturned her straightforward life forever.

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Highly original. Her prose is poetic in the true sense: precise as a scalpel, lyrical and the story is unputdownable. -- Ruth Padel * * Guardian * * What a marvelous writer Clement is. She contains all this power in a prose that is simple and simply beguiling. A cri de coeur. * * Scotsman * * Might have been produced by Angela Carter . . . Weird, unpredictable and magic realist. * * Independent * * Vivid with detail, each colour-soaked page leading us irresistibly to the next. -- Kirsty Gunn, author of Featherstone An astonishing novel, every line alive, leading as if effortlessly to a shocking climax. A work of power and originality. -- Alan Sillitoe, author of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner


About the Author

Jennifer Clement was born in 1960 and has lived in Mexico since 1961. She is a graduate of New York University. She is the author of the memoir Widow Basquiat and two novels: A True Story Based on Lies, longlisted for the Orange Prize and The Poison That Fascinates. She is also the author of several books of poetry, and is co-founder and director of the San Miguel Poetry Week. Jennifer Clement was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Fellowship for Literature 2012. She was also President of PEN Mexico from 2009 to 2012 and is a member of Mexico's prestigious Sistema Nacional de Creadores. She lives in Mexico City.

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Book Info

Publication date

22nd January 2009

Author

Jennifer Clement

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781847671196

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