Angelica: A Novel by Arthur Phillips

By Arthur Phillips

From the bestselling writer of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an excellent extra comprehensive and fully miraculous new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost tale, an exciting literary and mental puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, adolescence, reminiscence, and fear.

The novel opens in London, within the Eighteen Eighties, with the Barton loved ones close to cave in. mom, father, and daughter galvanize each other, consciously and unconsciously, and a scary situation is caused. because the family’s tragedy is informed a number of occasions from various views, occasions are recast and sympathies shift.
In the darkish of evening, a chilling sexual spectre is making its approach during the apartment, soaring over the sound asleep woman and terrorizing her fragile mom. Are those visions actual, or is there anything extra sinister, and extra human, to worry? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse where of its terrors, yet along with her arrival the complexities of reason and wish merely multiply. The mother’s failing health and wellbeing and the father’s many secrets and techniques gas the growing to be conflicts, whereas the daughter flirts dangerously with fact and fantasy.

While Angelica is corresponding to such vintage horror stories as The flip of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it's also a completely smooth exploration of identification, fact, and love. Set on the sunrise of psychoanalysis and the height of spiritualism’s recognition, Angelica is usually an evocative historic novel that explores the undying human starvation for sure bet.

Angelica, Arthur Phillip's spellbinding 3rd publication, cements this younger novelist's attractiveness as the best writers in the United States, a storyteller who combines Nabokovian wit and subtlety with a story urgency that competitors Stephen King"  –Washington Post

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No, darling. ” “I do not know, my angel. He must care for us and protect us. He must cure disease. ” She did, she nearly slept, exhausted by her day, but still she struggled back. ” Constance thought she asked. “He is at his work. ” Constance turned with a start, for he had appeared, behind her in the doorframe. ” “You need not trouble yourself,” she began, but he only restated his intentions. She withdrew, granting him this role he had never before desired, and she could feel, almost smell his continuing and constant anger.

But they were wrong—she could still stimulate a flush of pride at their error—for ten months later she had given him Angelica, though the child was most vicious in her arrival, endangering her mother’s life even after she had been safely delivered. Constance could take no nourishment, nor stand. She could not, at first, even feed her child without fainting away. When Nora brought a wet nurse for her approval, the meeting so saddened her, she did not speak, so Nora took the leading role, questioned the girl, had her undress to display her nipples to Constance.

Barton, in disobeying. Another coin and still another pressed into her throbbing, bleeding hands, and Angelica was screaming most terribly. Constance opened her eyes. No nightmare: the child was screaming. With shaking, still aching hands, Constance ran down the stairs, down the hall, and burst into Angelica’s room. “What is it? ” She swept the girl into her arms, pressed her awkwardly against her, difficult to hold the weight and sprawling limbs. “Mamma,” murmured the blinking girl. ” Constance pulled the child’s contorted hand from between their tightly pressed bodies.

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