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Bagley Public Library HUN (Text) 33500013299797 New In transit -
Mahnomen Public Library HUN (Text) 33500013299805 New In transit -

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  • ISBN: 9780802148162
  • ISBN: 0802148166
  • Physical Description: 194 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2020.

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"Lucy and Jake live in a house by a field where the sun burns like a ball of fire. Lucy has set her career aside in order to devote her life to the children and to the house itself, which comforts her like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message: his wife has been having an affair with Lucy's husband, Jake. The revelation marks a turning point: Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but make an arrangement to even the score and save their marriage-she will hurt him three times. As the couple submit to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation of mind and body from which there is no return. Told in musical prose, The Harpy is a dark fairy tale, at once mythical and otherworldly and fiercely contemporary. It is a novel of love, marriage, and its failures-of power, control, and revenge, of metamorphosis and renewal"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #1
    Lucy and Jake met at 20, and followed a typical trajectory of dating and breeding. In her mid-thirties, Lucy spends her days caring for their sons and household, and with Jake, stokes a satisfying and unbreakable bond. When Jake cheats on Lucy with a coworker, she is absolutely devastated. She never imagined Jake could hurt her so profoundly. The infidelity opens up in Lucy a new capacity for pain, and also for inflicting harm. She remembers her childhood obsession with the harpy; a mythical monster with a woman's head and a bird's body, known for personifying a rapacious storm. Lucy decides to become the harpy of her own life and chooses three radical punishments for Jake to endure. They vary in physical, emotional, and social harm, and get sequentially harsher, sure to keep readers blazing through to the ferocious end. Hunter's (The End We Start From, 2017) second novel is a gripping journey inside the mind of a woman betrayed that will leave readers wondering just how far they would go for revenge or forgiveness. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

MEGAN HUNTER's first novel, The End We Start From, was published in 2017 in the UK, US, and Canada, and has been translated into eight languages. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Books Are My Bag Awards, longlisted for the Aspen Words Prize, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Awards finalist and won the Foreword Reviews Editor’s Choice Award. Her poetry, short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The White Review, the TLS, Literary Hub, BOMB Magazine and elsewhere. Her second novel, The Harpy, will be published in 2020.

Subject: Married people > Fiction.
Adultery > Fiction.
Betrayal > Fiction.
Revenge > Fiction.
FICTION / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Absurdist.
Married people.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.

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