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A Child's Book Of True Crime: A Novel

A Child's Book Of True Crime: A Novel

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tasmanian Schoolteacher Kate Byrne Is Having An Affair With The Father Of Her Most Gifted Fourth Grader, Lucien. Her Lover's Wife Has Just Published murder At Black Swan Point, A True-crime Story About The Brutal Slaying Of A Young Adulteress In A Nearby Town. Kate Herself Has Become So Obsessed With The Murder And So Convinced That The Published Account Has It All Wrong That She Sets About Writing Her Own Version — This One For Children, Narrated By Australian Animals. Though Lucien's Father Brings Kate To Life Sexually In Encounters Of Escalating Eroticism, He Cannot Dull Her Obsession. Fixated On The Crime Of Passion, Kate Is Becoming Less And Less Aware Of The Present And Of How Her Behavior May Align Her Fate With That Of The Dead Girl. Chloe Hooper Chillingly Captures This Young Woman's Unraveling In An Intense, Witty, Superbly Crafted Novel.

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kate Byrne, A Primary-school Teacher In Tasmania, Is Having An Affair With The Father Of One Of Her Students. But Even As She Obligingly Plays The Part Of The Slutty Young Mistress, She Waits, Like A Child, To Be Punished; Her Lover's Wife Has Just Written A Highly Colored Account Of A Local Sex Crime, And Kate Is Convinced That The Older Woman Means To Harm Her. Hooper's First Novel Is At Once Suspenseful And Self-conscious; Crammed With Fragments Of Animal Fables, Erotic Fantasies, Deaths Remembered And Foretold, It Becomes A Witty And Unsettling Meditation On Innocence And Experience. There Is A Deliberate Cheekiness To Kate's Conflation Of Sex And Violence, And Yet Her Litany Of Gruesome Possibilities Brings To Mind A Child's Incantation, An Attempt To Ward Off The Darkness.

Author : Chloe Hooper

Publisher : Scribner

Published Year : 2003

Edition : Reprint

Format : Paperback, 240 pages

Dimensions : 5.24 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.54 (d)

ISBN : 0743225139

ISBN13 : 9780743225137

Overview :

Tasmanian schoolteacher Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted fourth grader, Lucien. Her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true-crime story about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress in a nearby town. Kate herself has become so obsessed with the murder and so convinced that the published account has it all wrong that she sets about writing her own version -- this one for children, narrated by Australian animals. Though Lucien's father brings Kate to life sexually in encounters of escalating eroticism, he cannot dull her obsession. Fixated on the crime of passion, Kate is becoming less and less aware of the present and of how her behavior may align her fate with that of the dead girl. Chloe Hooper chillingly captures this young woman's unraveling in an intense, witty, superbly crafted novel.
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