Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne
A Novel

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Set on the jet-setty Greek island of Hydra, this new novel offers all the glamorous pleasures of a vacation page-turner — you never know where it's heading. But it has things on its mind.
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"Let’s not mince words. This is a great book. Truly difficult to put down... sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking." – Lionel Shriver, Washington Post 

"Startlingly good...Osborne has been described as an heir to Graham Greene, and he shares with Greene an interest in what might be called the moral thriller.” – Katie Kitamura, New York Times Book Review

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On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.

In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
 

About Lawrence Osborne

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Journalist, short story writer, and novelist, Lawrence Osborne is the author of one previous novel and six books of nonfiction. His short story "Volcano" was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper's, and other publications.
 
Published July 18, 2017 by Hogarth. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 06 2017

Osborne ultimately brings all of his complications involving Faoud, Naomi, and Sam to a logical but troubling conclusion. A rich, disturbing, and compelling read.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by John Powers on Jul 17 2017

Set on the jet-setty Greek island of Hydra, this new novel offers all the glamorous pleasures of a vacation page-turner — you never know where it's heading. But it has things on its mind.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Katie Kitamura on Jul 05 2017

“Beautiful Animals” is unlikely to radically alter your understanding of the refugee crisis. But it may make you question the nature of your engagement with that issue and the world beyond.

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Above average
Reviewed by Molly McCloskey on Aug 18 2017

If I was disappointed at times with how plot twists overwhelmed...it may be that I wanted to read a different book from the one Osborne wanted to write – and indeed seemed initially on course to write. Which isn’t to say I could put it down. Beautiful Animals is compulsive reading.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Alex Preston on Aug 06 2017

Such weighty prose strips the plot of its zing, and we’re left with a novel that feels as if it aspired to be something more than it is: a novel that lingers only briefly in the mind, briefer still in the heart.

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