Blood Kin: A Novel

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Penguin, Feb 28, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
3 Reviews
Rarely does a debut novel attract the sweeping critical acclaim of Ceridwen Dovey's Blood Kin. Shortlisted for two prestigious awards, this tale centers around a military coup in an unnamed country, with characters who have no names or any identifying physical characteristics. Known simply as the ex-President's chef, barber, and portrait painter, these three men perform their mundane tasks and appear unaware of the atrocities of their employer's regime. But when the President is deposed, the trio are revealed as less than innocent. A deeply chilling yet sensual novel, Blood Kin illustrates Lord Acton's famous quip, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely," and marks the beginning of an illustrious literary career.
 

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User Review  - JasonBrownPDX - LibraryThing

Blood Kin, written by Ceridwen Dovey, was a big surprise. It was given to me in a big bag o’books by my friend Janneke. The bag was so full of possible reads that I didnt know I had it in my posession ... Read full review

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User Review  - trav - LibraryThing

For a freshman effort, this is a good book. The story kicks off as a dictator, of some unnamed country, is overthrown and locked up for his alleged tyrannical reign. But when the freedom fighters nab ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
PART II
HIS BARBERS BROTHERS FIANCÉE
HIS CHEFS DAUGHTER
HIS PORTRAITISTS WIFE
HIS BARBERS BROTHERS FIANCÉE
HIS CHEFS DAUGHTER
HIS PORTRAITISTS WIFE
HIS BARBERS BROTHERS FIANCÉE

HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
HIS BARBER
HIS CHEFS DAUGHTER
HIS PORTRAITISTS WIFE
PART III
HIS BARBER
HIS PORTRAITIST
HIS CHEF
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Ceridwen Dovey's debut novel, Blood Kin, is being published in thirteen countries. She grew up in South Africa and Australia, and now lives in New York City.

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