Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris

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Before the sweet delight of Chocolat, before the heady concoction that is Blackberry Wine, and before the tart pleasures of Five Quarters of the Orange, bestselling author Joanne Harris wrote Sleep, Pale Sister -- a gothic tourde-force that recalls the powerfully dark sensibility of her novel Holy Fools.

Originally published in 1994 -- and never before available in the United States -- Sleep, Pale Sister is a hypnotically atmospheric story set in nineteenth century London. When puritanical artist Henry Chester sees delicate child beauty Effie, he makes her his favorite model and, before long, his bride. But Henry, volatile and repressed, is in love with an ideal. Passive, docile, and asexual, the woman he projects onto Effie is far from the woman she really is. And when Effie begins to discover the murderous depths of Henry's hypocrisy, her latent passion will rise to the surface.

Sleep, Pale Sister combines the ethereal beauty of a Pre-Raphaelite painting with a chilling high gothic tale and is a testament to Harris's brimming cornucopia of talents.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.


About Joanne Harris

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JOANNE HARRIS is the author of the Whitbread Award-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and eleven other bestselling novels. She lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire.
Published October 13, 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 452 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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On one trip, he encounters the hauntingly beautiful, fatherless Effie .She spends more and more time with Henry as model and protege, and, despite a 23-year age difference, they marry when she's 17.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The innocent Effie, whose burgeoning passion had been stifled by Chester who saw it as something unclean, turns guilelessly to Moses and believes he loves her and will marry her when she is released from the loveless union with Chester.

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Red Room

Effie and Fanny both use their powers towards Chester, using him as a willing tool.

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