The Courage Consort by Michel Faber
Three Novellas

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With his elegant prose and perceptive imagination, the bestselling author of The Crimson Petal and the White creates a unique, self-contained world, where the perennial human drama plays out in all its passion and ambiguity. In these acclaimed novellas, Michel Faber takes on the interior world of inventively crafted characters. "The Courage Consort" tells of an a capella vocal ensemble sequestered in a Belgian chateau to rehearse a monstrously complicated new piece. But competing artistic temperaments and sexual needs create as much discordance as the avant-garde music. In "The Hundred and Ninety-Nine Steps," a lonely woman joins an archaeological dig at Whitby Abbey and unearths a mystery involving a long-hidden murder. In "The Fahrenheit Twins," strange children, identical in all but gender and left alone at the icy zenith of the world by their anthropologist parents, create their own ritual civilization.
 

About Michel Faber

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Michel Faber's work has been published in twenty countries and received several literary awards. He lives in Scotland.
 
Published November 1, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 232 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This beautifully plotted story displays strengths even more impressively evident in the title novella, the story of a labor undertaken by “the seventh most-renowned serious vocal ensemble in the world.” Ensconced in a Belgian chateau, the five members of the eponymous a cappella consort rehearse ...

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The Courage Consort Michel Faber 121pp, Canongate, £6.99 Michel Faber's heroines are women who have come adrift.

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As Siân and Mack try to decipher the clues to a 1788 murder, Siân's dreams of a handsome man slitting her throat grow in intensity, paralleling the grisly facts she brings to light.

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Book Reporter

His new offering, THE COURAGE CONSORT, contains three novellas no less dazzling, despite their shorter length and smaller scope.

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Entertainment Weekly

In contrast to the frisky plumpness of The Crimson Petal and the White, his 2002 panorama of low-life Victorian London, the three novellas in The Courage Consort are determinedly narrow and severe.

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New York Magazine

Michel Faber has a striking talent for addressing lurid themes without resorting to the clichés of genre.

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