The Violet Hour (Paperback)
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The Violet Hour (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 06/02/2014
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Katherine Hill's Violet Hour is blazing debut about a woman who just can't stop herself from destroying what she loves most. For a moment that afternoon, it was only woman and water, the Bay in all its sickening glory squaring itself for a fight. Life hasn't always been perfect, but for Abe and Cassandra Green, an afternoon on the San Francisco Bay might be as good as it gets. He's a doctor piloting his new sailing boat. She's a sculptor finally getting a bit of recognition. Their beautiful daughter Elizabeth is off to Harvard at the end of the summer. But then there is a terrible row. Cassandra has been unfaithful. In a fit of insanity, Abe throws himself off the boat. A love story that begins with the end of a marriage, The Violet Hour follows a 21st century American family through past and present, from a lavish New York wedding to the family funeral home in suburban Washington, from a drunken PTA party to a scene of unexpected public violence. In this deeply resonant novel intimacy is fragile and the search for gratification breeds destruction. Here is a family ripped apart by desire. And here is a family possibly reborn. Katherine Hill was born in Washington, D.C., in 1982. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications including n+1, The Believer, Bookforum, Colorado Review and the San Francisco Chronicle. This is her first novel.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780670922451

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“The Violet Hour”

I enjoyed this book - It is well written and the characters are interesting. However, a different conclusion to the story would have been more satisfying.

Paperback edition
30th April 2014
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“Didn't see the point”

I got the book as part of Waterstones review programme. The blurb on the book sounded like it might be quite good. However, that turned out not to be the case. Don't get me wrong, it was enjoyable enough, but... More

Paperback edition
12th February 2014
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“Better suited as a film”

The back cover excerpt held promise and the cover set a certain air and era about it which I took a fancy to. I was looking forward to this one with some 350 pages to sink into and enjoy.
What a complete and utter... More

Paperback edition
8th February 2014
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