Hell (Paperback)

Author: Davis, Kathryn

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Part mystery, part domestic meditation and part horror story, "Hell is Davis's tour de force." (Joy Press, The Village Voice) In Kathryn Davis's brilliantly eerie third novel, three households coexist in a single restless vision: a dollhouse; a family in 1950s Philadelphia; and Moss cottage, home of Edwina Moss, a 19th century expert on domestic management. While the inhabitants of the dollhouse are powerless to shape their destiny, the four members of the Philadelphia family dedicate themselves to mutual vigilance, as if it might be possible to foresee or even forestall disaster. Meanwhile, Edwina Moss concedes domestic control to the imagination and, finally, to the great culinary architect and chef to Napoleon, Antonin Careme.

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316735056
SKU 33811217
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0316735051
Release Date 9/1/2003
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Praise
"Brilliant, accomplished, capable, at times even moving--but with the air of an exercise about it for all that."
"Kathryn Davis, in her diabolical third novel, lives up to the challenges posed by the title....'Hell' is a labyrinthine journey not to be embarked upon by the faint of heart....Davis's novel is ambitious, claustrophobic, and daring....But what this novel lacks in emotional resonance it makes up in the sheer exhilaration of its prose."
"The novel is labyrinthine and demanding, mingling crosscut visions of two households and three different centuries.....Davis's writing shines brightest when, with sinuous sentences and catalogues of objects, she describes interiors so complex that you feel as if you'd stepped into a box assembled by Joseph Cornell."
"Davis's writing is so extraordinarily visual that...the reader closes the book as if waking from a dream."
From the Publisher
Annotation A conglomeration of separate stories comprise this novel, which centers on a suburban house in the path of Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s.
Editors Note An eerie, dark, surreal look at domesticity brings together three diverse households--a dollhouse, a family in 1950s Philadelphia, and the home of a nineteenth-century woman--held together by the vision of Napoleon's chef and architect. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 An eerie, dark, surreal look at domesticity brings together three diverse households--a dollhouse, a family in 1950s Philadelphia, and the home of a nineteenth-century woman--held together by the vision of Napoleon's chef and architect. Reprint.
Editors Note 3 Part mystery, part domestic meditation and part horror story, ""Hell" is Davis's tour de force." (Joy Press, "The Village Voice.") In her brilliantly eerie third novel, three households coexist in a single restless vision.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0179
Publisher Back Bay Books

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