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The Furies

by Natalie Haynes

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The Furies by Natalie Haynes
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2014
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief.

Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?

Natalie Haynes' The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.

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"Starred Review. Cleverly plotted, cannily paced, and unafraid to pose questions that don't have easy answers...[an] accomplished psychological mystery." -Publishers Weekly

" Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992), Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree (2011), and Tana French's The Likeness (2008) will likely enjoy the new perspective Haynes' conversational style offers to similar material." - Booklist

"Fans of suspense fiction with depth will especially enjoy this read." - Library Journal

"Like a Greek tragedy, the tale drives inexorably toward a calamitous revelation - a revelation rather heavily foreshadowed by the title and the students' syllabus. Sharply drawn characters, damaged and raw, enrich the psychological dimensions of this angst-filled mystery." - Kirkus

"The Furies feels essential and exciting at the same time." - The Times (UK)

"A gripping first novel…impossible to put down." - Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

"A handsomely structured psychological mystery, and a moving exploration of grief." - Lionel Shriver

"...Not only a gripping, can't-stop-turning-pages thriller, but also a beautifully drawn portrait of grief and how we find our way back to life...perfectly capturing the fraught and funny rhythms of a challenging classroom. I love it." - Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles

"Gripping and elegiac, funny, and achingly sad, Haynes' tale pulls you along like a river to the falls. Hypnotic." - Joss Whedon

"I stayed up all night to finish The Furies. It's gripping and compelling, a real page-turner, written with humanity and warmth." - S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

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Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes is a graduate of Cambridge University and an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She judged the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and was a judge for the final Orange Prize in 2012. Natalie is a regular panelist on Radio 4's Saturday Review and the long-running arts show, Front Row. She is a guest columnist for The Independent and The Guardian.

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