The Vet's Daughter
By (author) Barbara Comyns
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Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
Book Description"The Vet's Daughter" combines shocking realism with a visionary edge. The vet lives with his bedridden wife and shy daughter Alice in a sinister London suburb. He works constantly, captive to a strange private fury, and treats his family with brutality and contempt. After his wife's death, the vet takes up with a crass, needling woman who tries to refashion Alice in her own image. And yet as Alice retreats ever deeper into a dream world, she discovers an extraordinary secret power of her own. Harrowing and haunting, like an unexpected cross between Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King, "The Vet's Daughter" is a story of outraged innocence that culminates in a scene of appalling triumph.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781590170298
(206mm x 128mm x 11mm)
Imprint: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barbara Comyns
Vet's Daughter, Paperback (July 2013)
Barbara Comyns' witty and touching classic The Vet's Daughter tells the story of Alice, a young woman from Edwardian south London who is gripped by strange and mysterious powers.
Sisters by a River, Paperback (July 2013)
Barbara Comyns' classic first novel weaves a vivid, funny tale - told in the unique style of her young narrator - of a chaotic and ultimately tragic childhood on the banks of the River Avon.
Juniper Tree, Paperback (October 2011)» View all books by Barbara Comyns
In their idyllic garden, Gertrude and Bernard forge a perfect triangle of friendship with Bella, the scarred mother of an illegitimate child. Then Gertrude conceives the child which has long eluded her, and the spell breaks into foreboding, menace and madness.
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Author Biography - Barbara Comyns
Barbara Comyns (1909-1992) was born in Bidford-on-Avon, in the English county of Warwickshire, one of six children of an increasingly unsuccessful Birmingham brewer. Living on the run-down but romantic family estate and receiving her education from governesses, she began to write and illustrate stories at the age of ten. After her father's death, she attended art school in London and married a painter, with whom she had two children she supported by trading antiques and classic cars, modeling, breeding poodles, and renovating apartments. A second marriage, to Richard Comyns Carr, who worked in the Foreign Office, took place during World War II. Comyns wrote her first book, "Sisters by the River" (1947), a series of sketches based on her childhood, while living in the country to escape the Blitz, which is also when she made an initial sketch for "The Vet's Daughter." This, however, she put aside to complete "Our Spoons Came from Woolworths" (1950), about her first marriage, and "Who was Changed and Who was Dead" (1955). "The Vet's Daughter" was published in 1959. Among Barbara Comyns's other books are the novels "The Skin Chairs" (1962) and "The Juniper Tree" (1985), and "Out of the Blue into the Red" (1960), a work of nonfiction about Spain, where she lived for eighteen years.
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