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The Stars Are Not Yet Bells

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529370669

Price: £16.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items

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‘A heartbreaking and profoundly visionary book.’ Emily Fridlund, author of History of Wolves

‘The poetic beauty of the writing and a certain swirling Gothic passion and drama bowl the reader along… An unusual, intense, experimental novel’ Daily Mail

It is the end of the Great Depression and Elle Ranier believes that by marrying her wealthy husband Simon she is saving her life. Young and impressionable, she is unable to foresee the true cost of her decision. Instead, she leaves everything she has known in New York City to live in a vine-covered mansion on the tangled shores of Lyra, an island off America’s southeastern coast. There, amid the wild horses, oak woods and rumours of jewels hidden beneath the water, Elle harbours a secret. Her so-called ‘cousin’ Gabriel, who comes to stay, is really a boyfriend from back home and the love of her life.

In subsequent years, when Elle and Simon raise a family and face a less than idyllic relationship, Elle can never forget her brief dalliance with Gabriel. Even fifty years later, when her memory recedes into the mists of Alzheimer’s disease, she is haunted by his fate. With her mind a maze of questions about long-buried stories, the bewitching island of Lyra might eventually bring answers to light.

‘A prophetic fever dream sprung from a singular imagination. Hannah Lillith Assadi is an incomparable stylist and a fearless storyteller. This novel is a lush, addicting, daring wonder’ Claire Vaye Watkins, author of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

Darkly romantic and beautifully immersive, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells pulls us into a story about the limits of memory and people we can never forget.

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A heartbreaking and profoundly visionary book. Hannah Assadi movingly renders the kaleidoscopic nature of memory-revealing not only one woman's disordered heart and mind, but the way our consciousness recombines shards of memory to create a glittering, prismatic view of a life. I wanted to stay in Assadi's shimmering sentences for as long as I could.
Emily Fridlund, author of <i>History of Wolves</i>
Assadi captivates the senses, compelling readers to pause and reflect as they progress through the story. Highly recommended for those who enjoy lyrical fiction that explores women's inner lives.
Booklist
Enchanted and haunting narration
The Millions
A story of love and loss
Harper's Bazaar (US)
A darkly romantic story
Choice Magazine
The poetic beauty of the writing and a certain swirling Gothic passion and drama bowl the reader along... An unusual, intense, experimental novel
Daily Mail
Sharp and impressionistic sentences . . . an exhilarating reading experience
NPR
Elegiac with slightly gothic undertones
Sydney Morning Herald
Poignant . . . a testament to love and loss
Washington Post