Blood Mask

A Novel of Suspense

By Lauren Kelly
Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061119040, 252pp.

Publication Date: May 2007

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Description

Awealthy, charismatic, and controversial "benefactress of art," Drewe Hildebrand disappears from her estate on the Hudson River, seemingly abducted in the night. Her young niece, Marta, found in a desolate wooded area close by, is too traumatized to describe the abductors. A provocative exhibit of avant-garde "bio-art" that includes a blood mask of Drewe Hildebrand is disrupted by protestors.

In this, her third suspense novel, Lauren Kelly explores the startling world of "bio-artists" and their admirers, examining the intermingling of private, inscrutable motives with public masks of dominance and power; the ways in which spiritual yearnings may be transformed into worldly, erotic appetites that consume the innocent.




About the Author
Lauren Kelly is one pseudonym of Joyce Carol Oates, a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Oates's most recent novel, "The Falls", was a "New York Times" Notable Book, a "Washington Post" Best Book of 2004, and a "Chicago Tribune" Top Ten Book of 2004. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she was a recipient of the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature. In 2005 she was awarded France's Prix Femina for "The Falls".



Praise For Blood Mask

“Blood Mask packs in enough ideas and foreboding for a book double the length. Oates masterfully engages the reader.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

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