Angelica (Paperback)

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Angelica is a delightful puzzle of a book. Prismatic in nature, the narrative shifts subtly to examine what, at first glance, appears to be a haunting, but quickly reveals itself to be something more disturbing. Phillips explores genres, the social mores of Victorian London, the supernatural, and the nature of memory to produce a novel that, while set in the past, proves to be profoundly modern. 

— From Vlad


"A masterpiece . . . seamlessly mixes psychological disintegration, the dissolution of a marriage and . . . a classic ghost story."--USA Today


"Angelica impresses first as a clever send-up of the late Victorian novel, and then becomes its own very original thing.
 It is engrossing, deeply moving, and--precisely because it is moving--very frightening."--Stephen King

London, the 1880s. In the dark of night, a chilling spectre is making its way through the Barton household, hovering over the sleeping daughter and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? As the family's story is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast, sym- pathies shift, and nothing is as it seems.

Set at the dawn of psychoanalysis and the peak of spiritualism's acceptance, Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, reality, and love.

Praise for Angelica

"Starts as a ghost story . . . turns into a spectacular, ever-proliferating tale of mingled motives, psychological menace, and delicately told crises of appetite and loneliness."--The New Yorker

"Spellbinding . . . cements this young novelist's reputation as one of the best writers in America."--The Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Arthur Phillips is the internationally bestselling author of three New York Times Notable Books--Prague, the winner of the Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; The Song Is You; and The Tragedy of Arthur--and The Egyptologist. He lives in New York.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812972603
ISBN-10: 0812972600
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: February 12th, 2008
Pages: 345
Language: English