My Juliet by John Ed Bradley

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One of the South's best writers returns with a scorching tale of murder and sexual obsession in New Orleans

John Ed Bradley is a writer of great power and intensity whose early novels were ecstatically received by critics. It has been six years since Bradley has published a novel, and he has used that time to craft a noir tour de force that breathes new life into the Southern gothic tradition.

My Juliet tells the story of a struggling artist, Sonny LaMott, and his obsessive love for Juliet Beauvais, who is Thanatos and Eros all balled up into one nasty, irresistible package. Juliet returns to New Orleans after her years as an "actress" in California, thinking that her mother is about to die and that she will inherit the family mansion. But Juliet discovers she's been tricked by her mother, so this most fatale of femmes seeks out the damaged Sonny, who still can't resist her fifteen years after she crushed his heart. With ease, Juliet seduces him anew, nefarious purposes in mind.

Juliet is an unforgettable character, and the prose and dialogue drip with New Orleans atmosphere. The gothic elements--graveyards, kinky debauchery, decay, melodrama--are superbly rendered, yet the author's rich sense of humor and pity for his characters make it all vibrant and original. Bradley excels at stretching out an impending sense of doom that hovers over all the players, creating a delicious tension out of our expectation of the worst yet to come.

With My Juliet John Ed Bradley returns, triumphantly, to the literary scene.

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Published August 15, 2000 by Doubleday. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No New Orleans story is complete without murder, sex and family secrets, and Bradley (Tupelo Nights) amply supplies all three in this moody, sadly comic novel, his first in six years. Juliet Beauvais,

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