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Angelica

Arthur Phillips

From the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an even more accomplished and entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear. The novel opens in London, in the 1880s, with the Barton household on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke one another, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family’s tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast and sympathies shift. In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. The mother’s failing health and the father’s many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy. While Angelica is reminiscent of such classic horror tales as The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it is also a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, reality, and love. Set at the dawn of psychoanalysis and the peak of spiritualism’s acceptance, Angelica is also an evocative historical novel that explores the timeless human hunger for certainty.

From the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an even more accomplished and entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear. The novel opens in London, in the 1880s, with the Barton household on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke one another, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family’s tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast and sympathies shift. In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. The mother’s failing health and the father’s many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy. While Angelica is reminiscent of such classic horror tales as The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it is also a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, reality, and love. Set at the dawn of psychoanalysis and the peak of spiritualism’s acceptance, Angelica is also an evocative historical novel that explores the timeless human hunger for certainty.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

From the bestselling author of The Egyptologist and Prague comes an even more accomplished and entirely surprising new novel. Angelica is a spellbinding Victorian ghost story, an intriguing literary and psychological puzzle, and a meditation on marriage, childhood, memory, and fear. The novel opens in London, in the 1880s, with the Barton household on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke one another, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family’s tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast and sympathies shift. In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. The mother’s failing health and the father’s many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy. While Angelica is reminiscent of such classic horror tales as The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, it is also a thoroughly modern exploration of identity, reality, and love. Set at the dawn of psychoanalysis and the peak of spiritualism’s acceptance, Angelica is also an evocative historical novel that explores the timeless human hunger for certainty.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Lyons

Length:

12h 51m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:05


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

15:57


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:55


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

09:32


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

17:19


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

17:48


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

11:45


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

06:04


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

05:51


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

04:49


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

10:42


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

12:29


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

18:19


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

17:17


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

12:36


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

12:21


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

35:08


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

23:31


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

07:59


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

12:01


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

18:40


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

22:50


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

03:30


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

20:48


Part 1, Chapter 24
Part 1, Chapter 24

07:29


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

13:16


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

11:56


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

30:16


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

15:56


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

38:59


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

09:35


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

05:47


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

01:26


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

08:08


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

15:47


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

10:07


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

21:00


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

12:42


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

16:06


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

19:08


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

19:20


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

16:54


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

14:38


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

09:17


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

07:14


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

23:04


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

21:20


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

08:53


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

11:46


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

04:00


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

01:01:08


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

01:30