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One of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly
“Endlessly fascinating…one of the strongest novels of the year. ” - School Library Journal
“Readers will have as much grisly fun just sorting out the facts as they will solving the mysteries.” -The Daily Beast
A vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best-selling author of The Quincunx.
Charles Palliser’s work has been hailed as “so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears” (New York Times). Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide. With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.
It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged seventeen, has been sent down—“rusticated”—from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.
Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication confirms Palliser’s reputation as “our leading contemporary Victorian novelist” (Guardian).
Praise For Rustication: A Novel…
— Kieran Shields, author of The Truth of All Things
Charles Palliser is a wonderful novelist, and Rustication is a wonderful novel.
— Iain Pears, author of An Instance of the Fingerpost
Will appeal to fans of John Harwood and Michael Cox. Palliser vividly captures the claustrophobic feeling of a small Victorian community being overwhelmed by anxiety and mistrust, and fans of twisty plots will enjoy guessing at the town’s many secrets as they sift through the rumors and gossip offered up by a well-drawn cast of darkly quirky characters.
— Library Journal
A wickedly entertaining, intricately plotted read.
— Publishers Weekly
Palliser’s hold on his narrative is enough to turn it into an exercise in pure form. As in a superior detective novel, character, scene and incidental detail fade away and all that remains is the thrill of the chase.
— D.J. Taylor - The Spectator
A gothic puzzler perfect for misty autumn evenings.
— Stephanie Merritt - The Guardian
Engrossing… an entertaining, stylized, Gothic-esque read.
— Tucker Shaw - The Denver Post
[A] provocative Victorian thriller… showcases the author’s originality, boldness, and range.
— Gabe Habash - Publishers Weekly
Readers will have as much grisly fun just sorting out the facts as they will solving the mysteries.
— Nicholas Mancusi - The Daily Beast
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393088724, 336pp.
Publication Date: November 4, 2013