Search Results: "Patrick McGrath"


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DR. HAGGARD'S DISEASE by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"An unbearably memorable ending lifts this to classic level while the thin bright nerves of the storyline are padded with magnificent surgical detail, hospital lore, and moods you can rub your finger down."
McGrath carries on his winning streak in the short horror novel form (Spider, 1990; The Grotesque, 1989; Blood and Water and Other Tales, 1987). Dr. Haggard's disease is sexual passion, and the story of its ravages is told in flashback as the crippled hero pieces it out to the heroine's son James, an RAF pilot. Read full book review >

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ASYLUM by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"McGrath, always a worthy descendant of Poe, here takes things a level higher—producing fiction in the tradition of Henry James. (First printing of 75,000; author tour)"
A contemporary master of highbrow gothic fiction, McGrath (Dr. Haggard's Disease, 1993, etc.) sticks to worldly psychopathology in his icy new novel. Read full book review >

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GHOST TOWN by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Strange bedfellows, but good company."
A vision of New York as a battleground, both literal and figurative, links three spirited stories from a master of sophisticated melodrama (Port Mungo, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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PORT MUNGO by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2004

"Dark brooding over dusty secrets in what's far from McGrath's best."
The life of a painter haunted by the death of his daughter, as related by his admiring sister: McGrath's latest is more contemplative than such turbulent tales as Asylum (1997). Read full book review >

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TRAUMA by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2008

"Unpleasantly self-righteous characters gather accusingly around a narrator who's awfully clueless for a shrink—though well written and shrewdly perceptive, as always, this isn't one of McGrath's more compelling efforts."
A psychiatrist with a major Mom problem grapples with guilt and rage in this latest exploration of gothic family ties from McGrath (Port Mungo, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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MARTHA PEAKE by Patrick McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2000

Best known for such vivid and thoughtful literary thrillers as Spider (1990) and Asylum (1997), McGrath extends his range with this ambitious historical melodrama, a tale both as seductively fascinating and as ungainly as its boldly imagined antihero. Read full book review >

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CONSTANCE by Patrick McGrath
Released: April 2, 2013

"A novel of fierce rages and great tenderness, exhausting in its emotional intensity."
Unhappy families being unhappy in their own way...again. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1991

"Should do well, though."
Cadillac Gothic with new chrome stripping on stories going to the same old grave, by some heavy-hitters in the rich-prose department. Read full book review >

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DARKNESS SHALL FALL by Alister McGrath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Neither inspiring nor entertaining, just dull. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A derivative fantasy trilogy trudges to an anticlimactic conclusion in this dreary Narnia-wannabe. Read full book review >

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Released: June 28, 1999

"McGrath wants us to share his enthusiasm for the 'freedom and speed' of the open road, but these sluggish prose pieces and poems barely reach 55."
This fourth collection by the much-awarded (and this-round MacArthur grant recipient) Florida International University creative-writing professor continues the sense (from Spring Comes to Chicago and the other books) that McGrath fancies himself working a genre all his own: prose riffs that sometimes tell little stories but are not bound by the conventions of narrative. Read full book review >

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HOUSE WORK by Kristina McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A domestic drama in the noblest, most wistful sense."
The quiet dignity of hard work and honest values dapples McGrath's poetic first novel with flecks of brilliance. Read full book review >

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Remote Control by Chris McGrath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2014

"Readers initially intrigued by the story's action are likely to come away with deeper thoughts on mechanisms of control."
McGrath (Does Environmental Law Work?, 2010) delivers a thriller about suppressed truths and a secret organization bent on protecting them.Read full book review >