Angelica: A Novel by Arthur Phillips

By Arthur Phillips

From the bestselling writer of The Egyptologist and Prague comes a fair extra complete and completely extraordinary new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost tale, an interesting literary and mental puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, early life, reminiscence, and fear.

The novel opens in London, within the Eighties, with the Barton loved ones on the point of cave in. mom, father, and daughter impress each other, consciously and unconsciously, and a frightening difficulty is caused. because the family’s tragedy is informed a number of instances from various views, occasions are recast and sympathies shift.
In the darkish of evening, a chilling sexual spectre is making its manner throughout the residence, soaring over the napping lady and terrorizing her fragile mom. Are those visions genuine, or is there whatever extra sinister, and extra human, to worry? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse where of its terrors, yet together with her arrival the complexities of intent and hope simply multiply. The mother’s failing health and wellbeing and the father’s many secrets and techniques gasoline the turning out to be conflicts, whereas the daughter flirts dangerously with fact and fantasy.

While Angelica is resembling such vintage horror stories as The flip of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it's also a completely sleek exploration of identification, fact, and love. Set on the sunrise of psychoanalysis and the height of spiritualism’s attractiveness, Angelica can be an evocative old novel that explores the undying human starvation for simple task.

Angelica, Arthur Phillip's spellbinding 3rd booklet, cements this younger novelist's recognition as the best writers in the United States, a storyteller who combines Nabokovian wit and subtlety with a story urgency that opponents Stephen King"  –Washington Post

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When her eyes had adjusted, and a gray shadow of a sleeping girl had formed, she climbed the stairs in the dark. She recalled Sarah Close whispering to her in the black of one long Refuge night that dreams were restless and scattery and sometimes seeped from one sleeper to another in close proximity, or to one whose heart was tied to yours by God. Quiet tendrils sped from her to grasp Angelica even in sleep. She lay down, and Joseph at once complained. ” He held his watch at an angle until he could read it by the ceiling lantern’s dim gray.

It is quite . . ” The white basin was growing a black beard in opposition to his loss. “There comes time for old arrangements to be swept away. ” He only set more soap upon his cheek. “As a boy, I would stand where you are standing now and watch him shaved. By a valet or even by my governess. It seemed a sacrament. ” “But that was the fashion then. ” Seven years she had known Joseph’s face, unchanging, unaging. Now, at once (or rather in two halves) he was presenting her with a vast and profound alteration.

Mamma,” murmured the blinking girl. ” Constance pulled the child’s contorted hand from between their tightly pressed bodies. ” The girl’s face changed, and she sobbed slightly, repeated her pathetic plea, “My hand,” before closing her eyes. Constance set the child back on the bed, where she at once rolled away, her hands pressed under her cheek. Only with difficulty could Constance pull them free and examine them. She fetched a candle and returned, held the light to her daughter’s unmarked hands.

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