Katherine Carlyle (Hardback)Rupert Thomson (author)
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In the late 80s, Katherine Carlyle is created using IVF. Stored as a frozen embryo for eight years, she is then implanted in her mother and given life. By the age of nineteen Katherine has lost her mother to cancer, and feels her father to be an increasingly distant figure. Instead of going to college, she decides to disappear, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing-ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scene for a courageous leap from false empowerment to true empowerment.
Written in the beautifully spare, lucid and cinematic prose that Thomson is known for, Katherine Carlyle uses the modern techniques of IVF and cryopreservation to throw new light on the myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel about where we come from, what we make of ourselves, and how we are loved.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 638 g
Dimensions: 243 x 160 x 28 mm
Rupert Thomson is one of the most interesting, adventurous writers working in fiction today. * Anne Enright *
Smart, stylish, inventive, and always entertaining, Rupert Thomson displays enormous range as a novelist. His prose is consistently sharp, his ideas consistently intriguing. I would read any book that Rupert Thomson wrote. * Lionel Shriver *
This riveting and visionary story haunted me long after I finished the last page. Katherine Carlyle is an extraordinary novel * Deborah Moggach *
Thomson's ability to create a world that feels entirely original and untouched by any other mind is at full strength in this strange and haunting book ... It's the strongest and most original novel I've read for a very long time ... It's a masterpiece * Philip Pullman *
Written with the verve, pace and detail of a spy novel, sleek and oddly honest, this is the fascinating story of Katherine Carlyle who mysteriously decides that instead of university and a privileged life she will erase her identity and much of her emotions and go untraceably to the most remote settlement of the Russian north. She is not seeking love. She is determined to have abandoned it. * James Salter *
Rupert Thomson's writing serves as an augmentor of your own imagination. As with Secrecy, Katherine Carlyle immediately transports you into an ever-expanding, yet intimate cinematic experience. I absolutely loved it. * KT Tunstall *
Rupert Thomson is so undervalued, such a pure novelist. He explores what interests him in the way that I most admire. Not trying to demonstrate its relevancy or extend his own argument; Instead, each novel is etched into reality by his curiosity. * Jonathan Lethem, Hopes & Fears.com *
Thomson's story is a profound look at love, loss and the need to belong. * Psychologies *
Unfolding in the acclaimed Thomson's characteristically lucid and sensuous prose, this entirely unsentimental novel is as absorbing as it is affecting. * Daily Mail *
Thomson is a hypnotic writer. His prose is precise and controlled, his images intriguingly dreamlike. Katherine Carlyle leaves a sharp, visceral afterimage in its wake; much of its staying power lies in Thomson's ability to send the reader's imagination beyond its final page. * Elle magazine *
Shocking, emotionally draining and satisfying all at once ... Thomson's delivery is swift on the page: fluid, visual, deft as a thriller writer's ... At the same time, something about the way Thomson paces the action, his phrasing and timing, his management of scale and grain ... lets you know that in Katherine Carlyle you're getting something more than a thriller. * M John Harrison, the Guardian *
Brilliant * Independent *
In Katherine Carlyle Thomson creates a remarkably true-feeling modern teenage girl, an accomplishment in itself, then goes one step further in having her strike an incongrously detached, mature tone ... This isn't precociousness but the product of a bifurcated age, a twenty-seven-year-old soul narrating a nineteen-year-old's actions. Thomson captures the magnetism between strangers, the erosion of mores and the amplification of chance that one finds when travelling alone. * Times Literary Supplement *
Thomson has created a novel that resists easy categories, but remains with the reader long after the last page, asking profound questions about the way we choose to live and connect with others. * The Observer *
Thomson's gift for description is impressive, and this is an effective study of madness infused with travelogue. * The Mail on Sunday, the best new fiction *
Beneath the drifting surface of Katherine's journey, through concrete Berlin underpasses and bleak northern hotel rooms, there emerges a tight and compelling narrative. It is a striking literary performance, memorably combining dream and thriller. * The Sunday Times *
This novel should give [Thomson] the recognition he much deserves. * The Times *
Rupert Thomson's story of identity and self-discovery, aglitter with startling imagery, is a compelling look at the complexities of family relationships * Sunday Express *
My novel of the year is Rupert Thomson's haunting family tale, Katherine Carlyle, a contemporary masterpiece. * Robert McCrum, the Guardian - Best books of 2015 *
An unnerving, unputdownable road trip from Rome to the far north, narrated by a young woman who, through the wonders of science, was "born twice" * Guardian, best fiction of 2015 *
Poised and crystalline prose that piles lovely sentence atop lovely sentence ... Katherine Carlyle is a substantial novel, a story told with authority about a bold woman who in abrogating some of her many privileges hopes to find new meaning for her young life. * International New York Times *
This is so good you wonder there isn't a statue to him somewhere. * Sebastian Barry, Irish Independent, Top Book Picks 2016 *
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