A Carnivore's Inquiry: A Novel
Sabina Murray's first book since she won the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Caprices seduces with its dark delight in her taboo subject.
When we meet Katherine, the winning-and rather disturbing-twenty-three-year-old narrator, she has just left Italy and arrived in New York City, but what has propelled her there is a mystery. She soon strikes up an affair with a middle-aged Russian émigré novelist she meets on the subway, and almost immediately moves into his apartment. Katherine's occasional allusions to a frighteningly eccentric mother and tyrannical father suggest a somberness at the center of her otherwise flippant and sardonic demeanor. Soon restless, she begins journeying across the continent, trailed, everywhere she goes, by a string of murders. As the ritualistic killings begin to pile up, Katherine takes to meditating on cannibalism in literature, art, and history. The story races toward a hair-raising conclusion, while Katherine and the reader close in on the reasons for both her and her mother's fascination with aberrant, violent behavior.
A brilliantly subtle commentary on twenty-first-century consumerism and Western culture's obsession with new frontiers, A Carnivore's Inquiry is an unsettling exploration of the questionable appetites that lurk beneath the veneer of civilization.
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A CARNIVORE'S INQUIRYUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Another tedious road journey across America as a tiresome narrator searches for spiritual nourishment.A sinking feeling sets in when Katherine, narrator, looks down the American highway and sees ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheBookLady - LibraryThing
Despite the fact that the topic of Sabina Murray's novel is both gruesome and hard to digest (no pun intended), her writing is undeniably impressive. She neatly weaves together a suspenseful mystery ... Read full review