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Beyond Black (Paperback)

Author:  Hilary Mantel
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312426054
ISBN-13: 9780312426057
Sku: 202158718
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  416
Age Range:  NA
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Troubles spiral out of control when a psychic and her assistant move to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside and take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist in this darkly comic, unorthodox novel. 25,000.
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Trouble spirals out of control for a psychic and her personal assistant when they take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist after moving to a suburban wasteland. By the author of A Change of Climate.
 
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
 
Colette and Alison are unlikely cohorts: one a shy, drab beanpole of an assistant, the other a charismatic, corpulent psychic whose connection to the spiritual world torments her. When they meet at a fair, Alison invites Colette at once to join her on the road as her personal assistant and companion. Troubles spiral out of control when the pair moves to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside. It is not long before the place beyond black threatens to uproot their lives forever. This is Hilary Mantel at her finest--insightful, darkly comic, unorthodox, and thrilling to read.
Trouble spirals out of control for a psychic and her personal assistant when they take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist after moving to a suburban wasteland. By the author of A Change of Climate. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Alison Hart is a psychic who is tormented by her spirit guide, a nasty, clownish little creature named Morris who is visible only to Alison. Her life is enlivened, however, by her assistant, Colette, a divorcée who's been through the mill and who now manages the money Al earns from her career as a successful but mostly bogus psychic. Together, the women buy a brand-new house and, when they move in, Morris disappears. But Al's troubles are far from over: her horrific childhood as the daughter of a prostitute comes to haunt her, first on tape and then in person, and it begins to seem that her life is being manipulated by none other than the devil himself. In her 10th novel, Hilary Mantel ventures into highly unusual territory, but her darkly comic outlook is deeply embedded in the story.
Author Bio
Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel was the oldest child of Irish Catholic immigrants. Educated at a convent school, she also studied law at the London School of Economics. Instead of practicing law, however, she became a social worker and then realized that what she really wanted to do was write. She has lived in Africa and in Saudi Arabia, the settings for various of her novels. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. In addition to writing fiction, Mantel also writes book reviews and short stories. Married to a geologist, Mantel has no children: misdiagnosed in her youth, she was finally proved to have endometriosis, which made her infertile--a condition that, she says in her autobiography published in 2003, has been one of the vital and devastating facts of her life. WOLF HALL, Mantel's captivating fictional revision of the life of Thomas Cromwell, won her the 2009 Man Booker Prize.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"The mark of a great novelist may be the ability to take you where you truly don't want to go. If so, Mantel is the real goods....Superbly odd, but still superb." 03/01/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Mantel's portraits of the two leading characters as well as those of the supporting cast...are sharply drawn. This witty, matter-of-fact look at the psychic milieu reveals a supernatural world that can be as mundane as the world of carpet salesmen and shopkeepers." 04/11/2005

New York Times Book Review
"BEYOND BLACK feels like a great, gleeful binge, a wallow in the not-good-for-you riches of this writer's extraordinarily vivid, violent imagination. This is a dark, dark book, but it's fun to read because at heart it's a celebration of the joys of saying exactly what's on your evil little mind....Mantel has a million [metaphors], mostly of the shocking, grotesque variety, but at a certain point in BEYOND BLACK you begin go realize that they are her weapons of choice in a continuing...battle against the dreadful blandness of 21st-century English life: a society that in this novel's satiric vision appears to have become a kingdom of euphemism, a place whose organizing principle is the denial of the rude facts of life and death....This is, I think a great comic novel." - Terrence Rafferty 05/15/2005

London Review of Books
"[D]ark, unsettling and gleefully tasteless...." - Elizabeth Lowry 05/19/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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