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Death in Her Hands

Ottessa Moshfegh

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JONATHAN CAPE
02 July 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Thriller & suspense; Horror & ghost stories
A triumphant blend of horror, suspense and pitch-black comedy, from the Booker-shortlisted authorWhile on her daily walk with her dog in the nearby woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. Shaky even on her best days, she is also alone, and new to this area, having moved here from her long-time home after the death of her husband, and now deeply alarmed. Her brooding about the note grows quickly into a full-blown obsession, as she explores multiple theories about who Magda was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But is there either a more innocent explanation for all this, or a much more sinister one - one that strikes closer to home?

In this razor-sharp, chilling, and darkly hilarious novel, we must decide whether the stories we tell ourselves guide us closer to the truth or keep us further from it.

**AN EVENING STANDARD BEST BOOK TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2020**
By:   Ottessa Moshfegh
Imprint:   JONATHAN CAPE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9781787332201
ISBN 10:   1787332209
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   02 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ottessa Moshfegh has written four previous books- McGlue (2014); Eileen, which was awarded the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Homesick for Another World (2017); and My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018), which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Reviews for Death in Her Hands

Moshfegh returns to the violent timbre of her debut Eileen. * Daily Telegraph * A darkly funny tale. -- Sarah Hughes * i, *Summer Reads 2020* * An eerie, affecting book. * Psychologies * Death in her Hands is a return to the dark humour that marks Moshfegh's work to date, making it sure to hit the sweet spot with established fans. * Hunger TV, *Books of 2020* * Ottessa Moshfegh's Death in Her Hands is a new kind of murder mystery... A haunting meditation on the nature and meaning of art... Death in Her Hands is the work of writer who is, like Henry James or Vladimir Nabokov, touched by both genius and cruelty. Cruelty, so deplorable in life, is for novelists a seriously underrated virtue. Like a surgeon, or a serial killer, Moshfegh flenses her characters, and her readers, until all that's left is a void. It's the amused contemplation of that void that gives rise to the dark exhilaration of her work-its wayward beauty, its comedy, and its horror. -- Kevin Power * New Yorker *


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