Sarah Perry - Melmoth (2nd Hand Hardback)
Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019.
After the success of her tour-de-force novel The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry returns with Melmoth, a profound, ambitiously realised work of fiction which asks fundamental questions about guilt, forgiveness, moral reckoning and how we come to terms with our actions in a conflicted world.
Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But the sheltered life she has crafted for herself is about to change.
A strange manuscript has come into her possession, and its contents have the power to unravel every strand of her fragile safety net. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her.
Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they've done, or be led into the darkness. Despite her scepticism, Helen can't stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.
- Format : Standard, Thick 2nd Hand Hardback with Embossed Dust Jacket
- Condition : Very Good (Almost As New)
- Category : Fiction - Horror
- Published : 2018 (Serpent's Tail - 1st Edition, 1st Printing with Full Number Line beginning with 1 & Authors Signature)
- ISBN : 9781788160650
- SKU : B002750
- PPC : SP500gm
- RRP : £16.99 (Unclipped)
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
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'Masterful . . . scary and smart, working as a horror story but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of will and love.' - The Washington Post.
'Another Gothic stunner . . . a scary novel that chills to the bone even as it points the way to a warmer, more humane, place.' - The New York Times Book Review.
'Filled with thought-provoking ideas on historical guilt and personal responsibility, as well as a depth of learning . . . the message at its heart is an uplifting one; even if redemption for wrongdoing cannot always be achieved, there is power in bearing witness.' - The Financial Times.
'Astonishingly dark, rich storytelling, exquisitely balanced between gothic shocks and emotional truth' - Francis Spufford.
'Mythic, ominous and sensitively human, Melmoth is haunting in all the best ways' - Frances Hardinge.
'This is a beautiful, devastating, brilliant book. It affected me so much I was shaking after I read it. The exquisite, immersive writing compelled me to keep reading even through the horrors described.' - Marian Keyes.
'Sarah Perry is a wonderful writer, the real thing' - Susan Hill.
Sarah Grace Perry FRSL (born 28 November 1979) is an English author. She has had three novels published, all by Serpent's Tail: After Me Comes the Flood, (2014) The Essex Serpent (2016) and Melmoth (2018). Her work has been translated into 22 languages.
Featured Author . . . Sarah Perry
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