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The illness lesson - Clare Beams

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Title
The illness lesson
Author
Clare Beams
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Black Swan
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20210218

'A modern scream of female outrage. A masterpiece' ELIZABETH GILBERT

'Astoundingly original . . . belongs on the shelf with your Margaret Atwood' NEW YORK TIMES

Haunting, intense and irresistible, The Illness Lesson is an extraordinary debut about women's minds and bodies, and the time-honoured tradition of doubting both.

In 1871, at an elite new school designed to shape the minds of young women, the inscrutable and defiant Eliza Bell has been overwhelmed by an inexplicable illness.

Before long, the other girls start to succumb to its peculiar symptoms - rashes, tics,
night wanderings and fits.

As the disease takes hold, teacher Caroline Hood tries desperately to hide her own symptoms, but
the powers-that-be turn to a sinister physician with dubious methods.

Does Caroline have the courage to confront the all-male, all-knowing authorities of her world
and protect the young women in her care?


'You want to know how horrifying things happened while decent people looked on and did nothing? Read this novel' MARY BETH KEANE

'Subtle, clever, suspenseful . . . builds to a shocking climax' DIANE SETTERFIELD

'A Sunday Times Book to Read in 2020: A classic ghost story for fans of Picnic at Hanging Rock, Deborah Levy, Jeffrey Eugenides' SUNDAY TIMES STYLE

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Clare Beams' short story collection was published in October 2016. It won the Kirkus Best Debut and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Clare lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts. This is her first novel.

Astoundingly original, this impressive debut belongs on the shelf with your Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler collections.
New York Times

The Illness Lesson is a brilliant, suspenseful, beautifully-executed psychological thriller. With power, subtlety, and keen intelligence, Clare Beams has somehow crafted a tale that feels like both classical ghost story and like a modern (and very timely) scream of female outrage. I stayed up all night to finish reading it, and I can still feel its impact thrumming through my mind and body. A masterpiece.
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

'Subtle, clever, suspenseful . . . builds to a shocking climax'
Diane Setterfield

Alcott meets Shirley Jackson, with a splash of Margaret Atwood. It's dark, quirky and even titillating . . . on the edge between realism and ghost story
The Washington Post

A top pick for the coming year . . . this haunting novel blends historical fiction with a timely comment on women's bodies and minds, and those who think they can control them. Unmissable.
Stylist

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Keyword Index
Historical fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
288

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