As Meat Loves Salt
By Maria McCann
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780156012263, 584pp.)
Publication Date: January 2003
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In the seventeenth century, the English Revolution is under way. The nation, seething with religious and political discontent, has erupted into violence and terror. Jacob Cullen and his fellow soldiers dream of rebuilding their lives when the fighting is over. But the shattering events of war will overtake them.
A darkly erotic tale of passion and obsession, As Meat Loves Salt is a gripping portrait of England beset by war. It is also a moving portrait of a man on the brink of madness. Hailed as a masterpiece, this is a first novel by a most original new voice in fiction.
A Harvest Original
Maria McCann was born in Liverpool in 1956, and educated there and at the University of Durham. Since 1985 she has been a lecturer in English at Somerset College. As Meat Loves Salt is her first book.
PRAISE FOR AS MEAT LOVES SALT
"Absorbing and historically meticulous . . . a fat, juicy masterpiece."--The Economist
"McCann, a marvelous storyteller, does not disappoint. Forbidden sensuality is searingly described by chiaroscuro candlelight. Rich in secrets and surprises, this novel has its own fierce poetry."--The Independent (London)
"A story tense with anguish, intimacy and shame . . . it imaginatively re-creates the mentality of a society racked by war and intoxicated by radical new ideas of freedom and chance. . . . This is an intriguing and disturbing first novel which lingers in the mind."--The Times Literary Supplement