Death of the Black Haired Girl

Death of the Black Haired Girl

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By (author) Robert Stone

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  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
  • Format: Hardback | 281 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 20mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0618386238
  • ISBN 13: 9780618386239
  • Sales rank: 372,921

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"Robert Stone is a vastly intelligent and entertaining writer, a divinely troubled holy terror ever in pursuit of an absconded God and His purported love. Stone's superb work with its gallery of remarkable characters is further enhanced here by his repellently smug professor, Steve Brookman, and the black-haired girl's hopelessly grieving father, Eddie Stack." -- Joy Williams In 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 extract himself from his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late and too long yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily contained or curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences. As in Robert Stone's most acclaimed novels, here he conjures a complex moral universe where nothing is black and white, even if the characters--always complicated, always compelling--wish it were. The stakes of Brookman and Maud's relationship prove higher than either one could have anticipated, pitting individuals against one another and against the institutions meant to protect them. "Death of the Black-Haired Girl" is a powerful tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight.

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"In his fiction, Robert Stone is immersed no less profoundly in envisioning the drama of human evil in action than was the great French Catholic novelist and Nobel Laureate, Francois Mauriac. Not only with his brilliant new novel, "Death of the Black-""Haired Girl" but from the early novels such as "Dog Soldiers" and "A Flag at Sunrise" down to later books like "Damascus Gate" and "Bay of Souls," he has demonstrated again and again that he is no less a master than Mauriac of the tragic novel--of depicting the fatal inner workings of revenge, hatred, betrayal, and zealotry--and that, like Mauriac, he is the pitiless guardian of a cast of sufferers on whose tribulations he manages to bestow a kind of shattered mercy." --Philip Roth "Stone imbues his characters with a rare depth that makes each one worthy of his or her own novel. With its atmosphere of dread starting on page one, this story will haunt readers for some time." --"Publishers Weekly" "Robert Stone is one of our transcendently great American novelists. In "Death of the Black-Haired Girl" he turns an unflinching gaze into the darkest crevices of the human psyche, where glimmers of redemption are extremely hard-won. This fast-paced, riveting novel reflects a vivid and unforgettable image of what we have made of ourselves, in this country, at the turn of 21st century so far."- Madison Smartt Bell "Robert Stone is a vastly intelligent and entertaining writer, a divinely troubled holy terror ever in pursuit of an absconded God and His purported love. Stone's superb work with its gallery of remarkable characters is further enhanced here by his repellently smug professor, Steve Brookman, and the black-haired girl's hopelessly grieving father, Eddie Stack."-Joy Williams "The death of a star student at an upper-crust university unsettles friends, faculty and family in a piercing novel from veteran novelist Stone...What emerges from Stone's crisp storytelling is a critique of tribalism of all sorts--religious,