Blood Kin: A Novel

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Penguin, Feb 28, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
23 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  - Rachel - Goodreads

The reading challenge I'm taking on. Join me! This book fulfills the challenge: A book by a female author. Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars Oh yay, two of my favorite things- adultery and heavily implied, if ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jacqueline Smith - Goodreads

Caustic is the word to describe this book. I loved its piercing gaze...the flow of the writer's sentences was strangely soothing as she delivered brutal pronouncements on human nature. 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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