The Great Divorce
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The Great Divorce

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From the Orange Prize-winning author of PROPERTY, with a tale of sex, betrayal and the wilder side of human nature. Every woman holds the power to enchant or to destroy. In New Orleans, three women from completely different backgrounds face a turning point in their lives. Ellen, a vet at a New Orleans zoo, is trying to contain an infectious disease that threatens the zoo's animals. At the same time, she must come to terms with her crumbling marriage. Alongside her works Camille, an enigmatic and disturbed young woman whose terrifying fantasies threaten to overwhelm her. Finally there is Elisabeth, 'The Catwoman of St Francisville,' who was hanged in 1845 for murdering her bullying husband in horrific circumstances. In a compelling tale that bristles with energy and a sense of foreboding, their stories converge to reveal the secrets behind the 'untamed' aspects of human nature.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 159 x 197 x 24mm | 288g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753820242
  • 9780753820247
  • 758,832

Review quote

Martin writes of the emotional desolation of a marriage break-up with clarity and candour. This is a powerful, challenging and draining novel. -- Simon Shaw MAIL ON SUNDAY (3.10.04)show more

About Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin is one of America's finest contemporary novelists, best known for her Orange Prize-winning Property and also the acclaimed Mary Reilly, which was filmed by Stephen Frears. Her most recent novel, her tenth, is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste. She is the author of three collections of short stories and Salvation, a biography of St Francis. www.valeriemartinonline.comshow more

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203 ratings
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4 39% (80)
3 29% (58)
2 8% (16)
1 5% (10)
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