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A Novel

by Kathryn Harrison

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    Jul 2005, 320 pages
    Jul 2006, 320 pages

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Harrison's dialogue is electrifying. Thriller

Envy deals with the subject of brotherly betrayal. As the reviewer for The New York Observer puts it, 'Envy touches the nerve that drives Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Will and his cold-blooded fish of a brother.' The same reviewer goes on to ponder 'The question is: Do we accept all this [from Harrison] because, after 10 psyche-shattering books, [she] has debauched us by now? Or is it because we recognize that she's communicating something important?'

The Washington Post reviewer would reply to this musing with a resounding and definite no, saying, "Writers and critics who complain of the shrinking audience for literary fiction argue -- validly -- that huge advances and advertising budgets ...

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