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The Sin Eater

Megan Campisi



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06 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Historical fiction
A Sin Eater's duty is a necessary evil: she hears the final private confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite, and so guarantees their souls access to heaven. It is always women who eat sins - since it was Eve who first ate the Forbidden Fruit - and every town has at least one, not that they are publicly acknowledged. Stained by the sins they are obliged to consume, the Sin Eater is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town.

Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, and has never considered what it might be like to be so ostracized; she's more concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she's arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries.

It's a devastating sentence, but May's new invisibility opens new doors. And when first one then two of the Queen's courtiers suddenly grow ill, May hears their deathbed confessions - and begins to investigate a terrible rumour that is only whispered of amid palace corridors.
By:   Megan Campisi
Imprint:   MANTLE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   451g
ISBN:   9781529019100
ISBN 10:   1529019109
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   06 April 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Megan Campisi is a playwright and novelist. She has previously received the French Alfa and ADAMI prizes for her plays, which have been performed in France, China and the United States. In 2019 she received a Fulbright Specialist Award to give master classes at Tatbikat Theatre in Turkey. She holds a BA from Yale and a Diplome (MFA) from L'Ecole de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She lives in Brooklyn with her family. The Sin Eater is her first novel.

Reviews for The Sin Eater

[A] rousing, impressive debut . . . Spellbinding -- Publisher's Weekly Richly imaginative and strikingly contemporary [and] very much reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale * Kirkus * Captivating . . . An original melding of mystery and alternate history * Booklist * Rich with imaginative and historical details, The Sin Eater is ultimately a timeless story of one woman regaining her power. I loved it from beginning to end -- Christina Dalcher, author of <i>Vox</i> A dark and thrilling page-turner that turns a dystopian eye on the past in an unnervingly contemporary way. All hail Megan Campisi -- Emma Donoghue, author of <i>Room </i>and <i>The Wonder</i>

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