Death of the Black-haired Girl

Death of the Black-haired Girl

eBook - 2013
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"Fast-paced [and] riveting . . . Stone is one of our transcendently great American novelists." -- Madison Smartt Bell

"Brilliant." -- Washington Post

At an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must end his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.

Death of the Black-Haired Girl is an irresistible tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight.

"At once unsparing and generous in its vision of humanity, by turns propulsive and poetic, Death of the Black-Haired Girl is wise, brave, and beautifully just." -- Boston Globe

"Unsettling and tightly wrought--and a worthy cautionary tale about capital-C consequences." -- Entertainment Weekly

"A taut, forceful, lacerating novel, full of beautifully crafted language." -- Los Angeles Review of Books
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547760384
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2013

"Maud Stack is a beautiful, intelligent, raven-haired college student who has provoked ire on campus with an article about anti-abortion protesters; she's also a heavy drinker involved in an affair with a married professor that is sure to end badly. When she's killed by a hit-and-run driver, it's not immediately clear how accidental her death really was. There are plenty of potential suspects (with the professor in the lead), and while the mystery of Maud's death is not the focal point of the novel, it adds tension to a story in which actions taken - by Maud, the professor, and others - lead to complicated and unsettling consequences." Fiction A to Z December 2013 newsletter

Oct 25, 2013

You know what? The summary is strange. I have no idea what your comment means, debwalkermplstaff. What the fudge does this mean?????

debwalker Oct 25, 2013

"Shelf Talker: Through the story of a professor-student affair at a small New England college, Stone continues his search for compassion and meaning in a world with too little of each."
Shelf Awareness Oct 25 2013


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