Rustication by Charles Palliser
A Novel

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Much time is spent elaborating on the complex web of relationships in the town, particularly Euphemia’s pursuit of a husband, which saps the emotional power of Richard’s effort to redeem himself. Appropriately moody, lurid stuff but with plenty of plot cogwheels exposed.
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Synopsis

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year—a vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best-selling author of The Quincunx.


Charles Palliser's work has been hailed as "so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears" (New York Times). Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide. With his novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.


It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged seventeen, has been sent down—"rusticated"—from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.


Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication is sure to spin readers into its "spider's web of intrigue and violence" (Jane Jakeman, The Independent).

 

About Charles Palliser

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Charle Palliser was born in Massachusetts, but has lived in the UK since the age of three. A graduate of Oxford University, he has published four novels. He lives in London, where he writes full time.
 
Published November 4, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 337 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 31 2013

Much time is spent elaborating on the complex web of relationships in the town, particularly Euphemia’s pursuit of a husband, which saps the emotional power of Richard’s effort to redeem himself. Appropriately moody, lurid stuff but with plenty of plot cogwheels exposed.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 02 2013

Though its graphic passages may be disconcerting to some readers, the novel wraps a genuinely memorable reflection on family and human fallibility in a wickedly entertaining, intricately plotted read.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Stephanie Merritt on Nov 09 2013

If the plot becomes a little convoluted at times, it nonetheless keeps the reader puzzling until the last moment. Palliser creates a deliciously gothic atmosphere

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Michael Prodger on Dec 13 2013

...marshalling so many elements takes real craft and his plotting is as tight as a Victorian corset.

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