Death of the Black-Haired Girl

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Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 3, 2014 - Fiction - 281 pages
7 Reviews
A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice
Fast-paced [and] riveting . . . Stone is one of our transcendently great American novelists. Madison Smartt Bell
Brilliant. Washington Post
At an elite college in a once-decaying New England city, Steven Brookman has come to a decision. A brilliant but careless professor, he has determined that for the sake of his marriage, and his soul, he must end his relationship with Maud Stack, his electrifying student, whose papers are always late yet always incandescent. But Maud is a young woman whose passions are not easily curtailed, and their union will quickly yield tragic and far-reaching consequences.
Death of the Black-Haired Girl is an irresistible tale of infidelity, accountability, the allure of youth, the promise of absolution, and the notion that madness is everywhere, in plain sight.
At once unsparing and generous in its vision of humanity, by turns propulsive and poetic, Death of the Black-Haired Girl is wise, brave, and beautifully just. Boston Globe
Unsettling and tightly wrought and a worthy cautionary tale about capital-C consequences. Entertainment Weekly
A taut, forceful, lacerating novel, full of beautifully crafted language. Los Angeles Review of Books
ROBERT STONE is the author of seven previous novels, including Dog Soldiers, which won the National Book Award, and the modern classics Outerbridge Reach and Damascus Gate. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, Stone is considered one of America s greatest living writers.
Author photograph (c) Phyllis Rose
ISBN 978-0-544-22779-8

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User Review  - melindalee - LibraryThing

I had to reread parts of this book several times because I could not make sense of what was going on. The characters are flimsy at best. There was not a psychological thriller or a crime novel - it was more of a junior college level theology debate. I expected a whole lot more from this book. Read full review

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User Review  - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing

I have read a couple of Robert Stone novels previously and decided to read this because I thought it would have an interesting plot. Although the book moved along, I found overall it was hard to truly ... Read full review

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ROBERT STONE (1937-2015) was the acclaimed author of eight novels and two story collections, including Dog Soldiers, winner of the National Book Award, and Bear and His Daughter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, Prime Green, was published in 2007.

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