August Frost

August Frost


By (author) Monique Roffey

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  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Hardback | 390 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 221mm x 32mm | 572g
  • Publication date: 12 March 2003
  • ISBN 10: 0871138697
  • ISBN 13: 9780871138699

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August Chalmin is a tall, pale, painfully shy young man with blood-orange hair and sun-shy eyes who hides his ugly-duckling awkwardness working behind the counter of a gourmet deli in London's Shepherd's Bush neighborhood. Much of his youth is a cipher, and his mother refuses to enlighten him, but he leads a peaceful life, fantasizing silently about his beautiful and spirited coworker and going home to prepare ornate meals for one. Then, one winter day, he finds a rash on his arm that resembles the crystalline frost on his windowpane. Later, snow begins to fall around his head, and his fingers turn blue. Is it some rare disease that has triggered this strange reaction, or the appearance in the neighborhood of his mother's old lover Cosmo? Could it even be an allergy to the deli's new orange cheese, which seems to mock his own coloring? As Cosmo taunts him with doubts about the identity of his father, August's body continues its riotous, unsettling echo of the outside world's climate. Through a year's wonderful metamorphosis - through snowstorm, heat wave, eclipse, and a search for the truth - August changes into himself.

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