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Envy
Kathryn Harrison
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2005



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Envy is Kathryn Harrison's first novel with a contemporary setting since Exposure (1993), and her second to feature a male protagonist. Set in the Brooklyn brownstone neighborhood of Park Slope, the novel depicts the midlife crisis of psychiatrist Will Moreland, a man whose ten-year-old son has recently died in a boating accident. His grief is wreaking havoc on his marriage and his libido, as well as dredging up unresolved business with his estranged twin brother, Mitch, who hasn't spoken to him since the night of Will's wedding.

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Envy
2005
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Envy portrays a New York family wracked by tragedy, some obvious - the accidental drowning of a young boy - much hidden.
The Seal Wife
2002
The story of a young scientist sent to Alaska in the early 1900s to establish a weather observatory, and his consuming love for a woman known only as the Aleut - a woman who refuses to speak.
The Binding Chair
2000
A late nineteenth-century tale of a Chinese girl who flees from foot binding to brothel to marriage with a Westerner.
The Kiss
1997
An obsessive love affair between father and daughter that began when Kathryn Harrison, twenty years old, was reunited with a parent whose absence had haunted her youth.
Exposure
1993
Ann Rogers, a photographer, cannot forget her childhood career as her father's model and muse. As the psychological trap set by her past closes tighter, she escapes into a secret life that is both addictive and self-destructive.
Poison
1995
Harrison's strange, appalling, yet enrapturing tale focuses on two young women: Francisca de Luarca, the free-spirited daughter of a failed silkworm cultivator, and Marie Louise de Bourbon, doomed to marry the last surviving Hapsburg, the deformed and aberrant King Carlos.
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