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Product Number: C3946
Released: Mar 21, 2007
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ISBN: #9781428124813
Narrator/s: Susan Lyons
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From the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an even more accomplished and entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear. The novel opens in London, in the 1880s, with the Barton household on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke one another, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family's tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast and sympathies shift. In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. The mother's failing health and the father's many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy. While Angelica is reminiscent of such classic horror tales as The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it is also a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, reality, and love. Set at the dawn of psychoanalysis and the peak of spiritualism's acceptance, Angelica is also an evocative historical novel that explores the timeless human hunger for certainty.


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Product Number: BX00000641
Product Number:Z2468
Product Number:C3946

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Author(s): Arthur Phillips
Narrator(s): Susan Lyons
Product Number Z2468
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449898489
Author(s): Arthur Phillips
Product Number EB00165163
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9781588366016

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"Something bad is happening in the Victorian London household of Constance and Joseph Barton, involving sexual terror and an apparent threat to 4-year-old Angelica, their daughter. The introduction of a former actress turned spiritualist into the crisis does not help matters, as husband and wife totally misunderstand each other, and no one in the story can see where the threat is really coming from until it is far too late. Arthur Phillips has something interesting to say here about the pre-Freudian understanding of repressed trauma, and the writing is Victorian ornate, as is appropriate. Unfortunately, Susan Lyons's reading is "veddy, veddy" faux elegant and actressy, and not without false notes, a style that not so much enhances the period flavor as makes it tedious. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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