The Harpy: Signed Edition (Hardback)Megan Hunter (author)
Drenched in disquiet and unease, Hunter’s lyrical dissection of a brutally compromised relationship poses fundamental questions about love and revenge.
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From the acclaimed author of The End We Start From, The Harpy is a fierce tale of love, betrayal and revenge.
Lucy and Jake live in a house by a field where the sun burns like a ball of fire. Lucy works from home but devotes her life to the children, to their finely tuned routine, and to the house itself, which comforts her like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message: his wife has been having an affair with Lucy's husband, he wants her to know.
The revelation marks a turning point: Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but in a special arrangement designed to even the score and save their marriage, she will hurt him three times. Jake will not know when the hurt is coming, nor what form it will take.
As the couple submit to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation of both mind and body from which there is no return.
Told in dazzling, musical prose, The Harpy by Megan Hunter is a dark, staggering fairy tale, at once mythical and otherworldly and fiercely contemporary. It is a novel of love, marriage and its failures, of power and revenge, of metamorphosis and renewal.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'The Harpy is brilliant. Hunter imbues the everyday with apocalyptic unease. A deeply unsettling, excellent read.' - Daisy Johnson
'This is so up my alley. Reading Megan's fiction feels like her own description of donning glasses for the first time and looking again at an ordinary scene to see that it is not at all ordinary. Her use of language too is deceptive in that way - seemingly simple and yet so acute and complex. Reading The Harpy I was utterly spellbound. Her dark humour and pointillist prose puts her in league with Lydia Davis and Jenny Offil, masterfully rendering the emotional shock of a protagonist finding her life has become story.' - Olivia Sudjic, author of Sympathy
'Sentence after sentence made my skin bump. Not just with what the sentence said, but because the writing was so very, very good. It's a brilliant piece of work.' - Cynan Jones
'It's utterly compelling and I read it without pause. So precise and darkly truthful. I thought it succeeding in illuminating - with flair and originality - the damage done by betrayal.' - Esther Freud
'A beautifully written, viscerally disturbing novel that turns the narrative of the cheated-on wife on its head' - Laura Kaye, author of English Animals
'A sharp, timely and darkly funny novel about maternal love and sacrifice, and the incandescent rage that festers beneath it. Hunter's writing is beautiful and spare, uncanny and hilarious. I utterly loved it.' - Luiza Sauma
'In hungry, restless prose, Megan Hunter tears apart the seam between motherhood and the monstrous. She confronts the fear of female anger and asks us what happens when pain that has been swallowed through generations begins to rush to the surface.' - Jessica Andrews, author of Saltwater.
'Both timeless and timely, The Harpy is a taut and lyrical novel about cosily calibrated lives coming spectacularly undone. Compulsively absorbing yet otherworldly, both a fever dream and a gorgeous and alarming howl of rage. Megan Hunter is a distinctive force of talent who portrays scenes of marriage, young parenthood, and mutable womanhood in fierce and fresh ways.' - Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
'I was moved, terrified, uplifted - sometimes all three at once' - Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring on The End We Start From
'Engrossing, compelling' - Naomi Alderman, author of The Power on The End We Start From
'Startling . . . beautiful and insightful. Everyone who reads this will come away feeling renewed' - Elle Magazine on The End We Start From
'Hunter's spare, drumskin-tight prose zings off the page, and ingenious descriptions abound . . . It may only consist of 127 pages of impressionistic, staccato sentences, but this is a book of wide horizons and big ideas, and it's no surprise that Benedict Cumberbatch's company have just acquired movie rights. For Hunter the future looks very bright indeed' - Scotland on Sunday on The End We Start From
'Powerful . . . an uplifting celebration of the reality of motherhood in the face of terrifying global disaster' - Daily Mail on The End We Start From
'The End We Start From is a beautifully spare, haunting meditation on the persistence of life after catastrophe. I loved it' - Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven on The End We Start From
'Extraordinary . . . The End We Start From is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, in that it shares the same narrative detachment, and the same precise poetry. It is of course told from the perspective of a mother, rather than a father, and is set in a world that is only beginning to fall into chaos. And in the midst of it all, each parent cradles their child, enchanted by their breathing. "Sometimes he sleeps so quietly it seems that he has gone." Megan Hunter's remarkable debut novel feels like the other half of the story' - Financial Times on The End We Start From
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