The Poison That Fascinates

by Jennifer Clement

The Poison That Fascinates Synopsis

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.

The Poison That Fascinates Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847671196
Publication date: 22nd January 2009
Author: Jennifer Clement
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jennifer Clement

Jennifer Clement is a poet, biographer and novelist. Her novels include Widow Basquiat and A True Story Based on Lies. She was part of the NYC art scene during the early eighties but she now lives in Mexico City. She was recently the recipient of the Systema Nacional de Credadores. She is also co-founder and director of the San Miguel Poetry Week.

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