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The body lies / by Jo Baker.

Baker, Jo, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library BAK (Text) 33500013081732 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library BAK (Text) 33500013081740 New Checked out 10/30/2019
Moorhead Public Library BAK (Text) 33500013081724 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525656111
  • ISBN: 0525656111
  • Physical Description: 273 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note: "This is a Borzoi book."
Summary, etc.: "A dark, thrilling new novel from the best-selling author of Longbourn: a work of riveting psychological suspense that grapples with how to live as a woman in the world--or in the pages of a book--when the stakes are dangerously high. When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote English countryside, it's meant to be a fresh start, away from the bustle of London and the scene of a violent assault she is desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of her new life and the demands of single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, during class a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group. When a troubled student starts turning in chapters that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognizes herself as the main character in his book--and he has written her a horrific fate. Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it's too late? At once a breathless cat-and-mouse game and a layered interrogation of the fetishization of the female body, The Body Lies gives us an essential story for our time that will have you checking the locks on your doors"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* Baker's first novel since A Country Road, a Tree (2016) revolves around the terrifying experience of a professor caught up in a student's dangerous obsession. Three years after a harrowing assault in London leaves the unnamed narrator traumatized, she accepts a position teaching writing at a university deep in the English countryside. Her husband decides to keep his city job and commute to see her and their young son on weekends. At first, she's entranced with the small town, the large house she's renting, and her charming, welcoming colleagues. Her six graduate students appear to be talented and unique, but she can't help but be unsettled by the attention paid her by one of them, Nicholas, a seemingly deeply sensitive young man writing a novel about his dead girlfriend. When their relationship takes a dark turn after a party, the narrator finds herself caught up in a nightmare that threatens her sense of safety, her career, and even her life. With an unflinching eye, Baker deftly explores the pressure, judgment, and dangers women are subjected to on a daily basis simply because they are female. Her brilliant novel is a scathing indictment of the many ways society excoriates women while excusing violent men. A must read. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JO BAKER was born in Lancashire and educated at Oxford University and Queen's University Belfast. She is the author of the best-selling novel Longbourn, as well as A Country Road, A Tree; The Undertow; The Telling; The Mermaid's Child; and Offcomer. She lives in Lancaster, England.

Subject: Authors > Fiction.
College students > Fiction.
England > Fiction.
FICTION / Suspense.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction.

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