Gillespie and I (Paperback)
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Short Description for Gillespie and I From the Orange Prize-nominated author of "The Observations" comes a sweepingliterary novel of one young woman's friendship with a volatile artist and thecontroversy that consumes him.
- Published: 01 February 2012
- Format: Paperback 504 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062103208 ISBN 10: 0062103202
- Sales rank: 479,336
Full description for Gillespie and I
From the award-winning author of The Observations comes a beautifully conjured and wickedly sharp tale of art and deception in nineteenth-century Scotland. As she sits in her Bloomsbury home with her two pet birds for company, elderly Harriet Baxter recounts the story of her friendship with Ned Gillespie--a talented artist whose life came to a tragic end before he ever achieved the fame and recognition that Harriet maintains he deserved. In 1888, young Harriet arrives in Glasgow during the International Exhibition. After a chance encounter with Ned, she befriends the Gillespie family and soon becomes a fixture in their lives. But when tragedy strikes, culminating in a notorious criminal trial, the certainty of Harriet's new world rapidly spirals into suspicion and despair.Infused with rich period detail, shot through with sly humor, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, Gillespie and I is an absorbing, atmospheric tale of one young woman's friendship with a volatile artist and her place in the controversy that consumes him--a tour de force from one of the emerging names of modern fiction.