The Courage Consort

By Michel Faber
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151010615, 240pp.)

Publication Date: November 2004

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

With his elegant prose, distinctive imagination, and deep empathy, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White once again dazzles us in three novellas. "The Courage Consort" tells of an a capella vocal ensemble sequestered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a monstrously complicated new piece. But competing artistic temperaments and sexual needs create as much discordance as the avant garde music. In "The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps," a lonely woman joins an archaeological dig at Whitby Abbey and unearths a mystery involving a long-hidden murder. In "The Fahrenheit Twins," strange children, identical in all but gender and left alone at the icy zenith of the world by their anthropologist parents, create their own ritual civilization.

In each of these novellas, Michel Faber creates a unique, self-contained world, where the perennial human drama plays out in all its passion and ambiguity.




About the Author

Michel Faber's work has been published in twenty countries and received several literary awards. He lives in Scotland.




Praise For The Courage Consort

U.K. PRAISE FOR THE COURAGE CONSORT
"His air of strange novelty is as fresh as ever; each sentence condenses the world into something surprising and illuminating." -The Guardian (London)
PRAISE FOR THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE
"Faber tells a good story grippingly and colorfully." -The Washington Post
"A lasting love affair; the intimate relationship one develops with the characters . . . is much more satisfying than the mere one-night stand promised by most other novels."-People

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