Pinkertons Sister by Peter Rushforth

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Though her neighbors in turn-of-the-century New York consider her a madwoman in the attic, Alice Pinkerton’s mind is razor-sharp, honed by a restless imagination, years of reading, and a profound contempt for her surroundings. Like her namesake in Through the Looking-Glass, Alice has a mirror through which to enter a different world, only for her the mirror is literature. Heartbreakingly funny and fiercely intelligent, Pinkerton’s Sister is an extraordinary work of imagination about imagination, a celebration of the power of fiction and its ultimate redeeming quality.

“Ambitious, intricate, moving, and more than worth persevering with.”
—A.S. Byatt, The Guardian (U.K.)
“A gorgeous conundrum, the result of a lifetime of close reading—and some 25 years of close writing.”
—Daniel Handler, San Francisco Chronicle
“Ambitious, intricate, moving and more than worth persevering with.”
– A.S. Byatt, The Guardian (UK)

“…compelling…Pinkerton's Sister is a very fine novel, at once sprawling and intimate, and blessed with long gorgeous passages worthy of Henry James.”
– Washington Post Book World

“[Rushforth’s] novel constitutes an epic inquiry into literature’s role as an engine of interior life.” – New Yorker

“Pinkerton's Sister is 729 pages long, each of those pages as wondrously unsettling as the next…a gorgeous conundrum, the result of a lifetime of close reading -- and some 25 years of close writing.”
– Daniel Handler, San Francisco Chronicle

“Rushforth's peculiar opus speaks to the 21st century by acknowledging the folly of escaping from politics into art, even when the creations in our heads seem so much more seductive than the inscrutable machinations of the world outside.” – Village Voice

“If only more writers could be so patient. Pinkerton’s Sister is a work of rare beauty and (rarer still!) genuine wit…Kindergarten, in retrospect, lives up to its name. It’s kids’ stuff compared to this…Pinkerton’s Sister, while bound in a nutshell, might count herself a queen of infinite space.” – The Believer

“It’s a reader’s reward…given that the last page connects so brilliantly to the first, it’s very compelling and pleasing to turn right around and start again.” – Pages Magazine

“Pinkerton's Sister is, as the first sentence promises, a portrait of madness.” – San Diego Union-Tribune

“…erudite, compelling…this novel is very sly and witty. Readers won’t want to miss any of the funny allusions and references that make this harrowing, tragic story such a joy to read.” – The Historical Novels Review

“Rushforth’s madwoman in the window comes alive and his dense prose proves truly magnificent.”
– The Globe & Mail

“Sprawling, panoramic, epic, clever, brilliant: all these adjectives easily describe Rushforth’s portrait of a woman who views the world with penetrating eyes…Pinkerton’s Sister gives you a new appreciation of books and of Rushforth’s astute understanding of people and novels.”
– Romantic Times BookClub

About Peter Rushforth

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Published February 15, 2010 by MP Publishing Limited. 705 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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