Adele: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Fiction - 245 pages
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Celia Pippet, founder of a feminist magazine, impulsively steals a bizarre artifact from the British Museum. Joined by her friend Martin, a filmmaker, and American academic Tamara, she flees to Bez in southern France to escape detection and to pursue the trail of the beguiling Adele. Fifty years before, Adele had been rescued from Bez by Dr. Jonas Sylvester. He brought her to Paris where she captured the city's attention with her alluring beauty and air of secrecy. When Sylvester brings over sister Blanche to look after Adele, he is not prepared for the love between them nor their escape from him. He takes his revenge.Moving between Blanche's life with Adele and Celia's search for clues into that life, the stories converge in Bez where the three friends discover Blanche's existence and Adele's true, if unbelievable, identity. The effects of the revelation are shattering--Adele's erotic power extends beyond the grave, melding past and present into a single reality. A provocative and original novel by an accomplished literary writer who steps beyond the boundaries of what we know as male and female.

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Celia Pippet is nervous; after all, she's not the sort of person who usually goes about stealing things, certainly not from the august British Museum. But Celia has chanced upon the story of Adele, a ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Mary Flanagan is the author of Bad Girls, Trust, and The Blue Woman. An American, she lives in London.

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