Fear by Irini Spanidou

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Irini Spanidou's highly praised first novel, God's Snake, introduced a writer of rare perception and a character, Anna Karystinou, with whom readers fell in love.  In Fear, the author returns to Anna as she comes of age.

It is now 1959, and thirteen-year old Anna is a perpetual newcomer, moving from place to place with her family.  Her father, a demanding army colonel, has raised her to be invulnerable and proud.  But Anna's confident air belies her anxiety as she grapples with her burgeoning sexuality, and begins an uneasy friendship with the smug and challenging Veronica Koroneou.  When Anna learns that a serial killer is preying on young women nearby, she is lured toward the sourch of her terror.  From a unique and brutally honest angle, Fear is an unflinching protrait of a girl's difficult transition into womanhood.

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Irini Spanidou lives in New York City.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published January 9, 1999 by Knopf. 181 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her cold, self-pitying mother looks to Anna ""like the pupil of a single, horrifying eye,"" and her iron-willed, demanding father, who has tried to make Anna into ""a real man,"" now realizes that his daughter hates him.

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Brilliant, courageous Anna — the artist as a very young woman indeed — outwits the monster who terrorizes her classmates by reducing him to merely human scale (''When he kills, it's a desperate act, a crying out for love''), and escapes his realm of fear.

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