Cleopatra and Frankenstein (Paperback)
  • Cleopatra and Frankenstein (Paperback)
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Cleopatra and Frankenstein (Paperback)

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Published: 02/02/2023
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Waterstones Says

The love story on everybody's lips, Mellors' engrossing story of unlikely romance in the bohemian whirl of New York is a luminous meditation on desire.

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for February 2023

For readers of Modern Lovers and Conversations with Friends, an addictive, humorous, and poignant debut novel about the shock waves caused by one couple's impulsive marriage.

New York is slipping from Cleo's grasp. Sure, she's at a different party every other night, but she barely knows anyone. Her student visa is running out, and she doesn't even have money for cigarettes. But then she meets Frank. Twenty years older, Frank's life is full of all the success and excess that Cleo's lacks. He offers her the chance to be happy, the freedom to paint, and the opportunity to apply for a green card. She offers him a life imbued with beauty and art-and, hopefully, a reason to cut back on his drinking. He is everything she needs right now.

Cleo and Frank run head-first into a romance that neither of them can quite keep up with. It reshapes their lives and the lives of those around them, whether that's Cleo's best friend struggling to embrace his gender identity in the wake of her marriage, or Frank's financially dependent sister arranging sugar daddy dates after being cut off. Ultimately, this chance meeting between two strangers outside of a New Year's Eve party changes everything, for better or worse.

Cleopatra and Frankenstein is an astounding and painfully relatable debut novel about the spontaneous decisions that shape our entire lives and those imperfect relationships born of unexpectedly perfect evenings.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008421793
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Positively inhalable. I was intensely consumed by the world of Cleopatra and Frankenstein for a few happy days’ The Evening Standard ‘Friends who couldn’t get enough of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends will fall head over heels for Coco Mellor’s debut novel’ ES Magazine ‘Cleopatra and Frankenstein, the luminous debut novel from Coco Mellors, is a book about many things: It's a great, swooning love story; a shattering depiction of how addiction and mental illness warp our lives; and a perceptive, witty portrait of globalized New York. But most of all, Mellors has written a devastatingly human book, at turns sharp and tender, that marks her as the rare writer whose sentences are as beautiful as they are wise. An unforgettable read’ Sam Lansky, author of The Gilded Razor and Broken People ‘A character driven epic thoroughly engrossing and entirely magnificent. It is thrilling to read a book that articles with nuance and compassion the way gender impacts every part of our lives. Sometimes you can just tell that a debut novel has been percolating and perfecting inside an author's mind until it is ready to leap into-and ultimately change-the world’ Adam Eli, author of The Queer Conscience “Mellors’ remarkably assured and sensitive debut … strongly evoke[s] Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life… At its core, it’s a novel about how love and lovers are easily misinterpreted and how romantic troubles affect friends and family. A canny and engrossing rewiring of the big-city romance.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review ‘Insistent, stylish and utterly captivating, the prose just sings.’ Heidi James, author of, The Sound Mirror

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“A tender love story..”

When Cleo meets Frank, who is twenty years older than her, he offers her a chance for happiness for the first time in her life. Mellor’s debut captures the unlikely love and friendship which ends up in a marriage... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 52

“great debut”

Oh how i loved this book...
I had only read a few pages and I just knew this was going to be going on my favourite book list.
Cleo is a 20 something young Brit living in New York who meets Frank 20 years her senior... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 31

“Atmospheric yet unconvincing (spoilers!)”

*Spoiler alert*
Thanks to Fourth Estate and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book.

I did enjoy this debut novel - the evocation of New York as a setting is really well done (I’ve visited recently, so was... More

Hardback edition
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