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The Ecliptic - A Novel

Benjamin Wood

From the award-winning author of The Bellwether Revivals comes a "gorgeous and harrowing work" (Emily St. John Mandel) set on a mysterious island, where artists strive to recover their lost gifts--and where nothing is quite as it seems. Situated on a Turkish island, Portmantle might be the strangest, most exclusive artists' colony around. Its brilliant residents linger for years, all expenses paid and living under assumed names. Relieved of the burdens of time and ego, they are free to create their next masterpieces. Elspeth Conroy (aka "Knell") is a Scottish painter who has been at Portmantle for a decade, a refugee from the hectic London art scene. Her fellow longtimers include Quickman, whose sole book became a classic and paralyzed his muse; MacKinney, a playwright who left behind her family; and Pettifer, an architect obsessing over an unfinished cathedral. In his astonishing second novel, Benjamin Wood gives us "an intensely intimate portrait of an artist as a young woman, with truths on every page" (Independent). The hermetic world at Portmantle shatters when the 17-year-old Fullerton arrives at the gates, his provenance and talents unknown. As Knell searches for answers, she reveals the path that led her to this place: Her intimate bond with her gruff drunk of a mentor; her early successes and crushing failures; a journey across the Atlantic and into the psychiatrist's office; and a grand commission of astronomical significance. What is "The Ecliptic," and how does it relate to the life Elspeth left behind? This gorgeous puzzle of a novel touches the head and the heart, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying. From the Hardcover edition.

From the award-winning author of The Bellwether Revivals comes a "gorgeous and harrowing work" (Emily St. John Mandel) set on a mysterious island, where artists strive to recover their lost gifts--and where nothing is quite as it seems. Situated on a Turkish island, Portmantle might be the strangest, most exclusive artists' colony around. Its brilliant residents linger for years, all expenses paid and living under assumed names. Relieved of the burdens of time and ego, they are free to create their next masterpieces. Elspeth Conroy (aka "Knell") is a Scottish painter who has been at Portmantle for a decade, a refugee from the hectic London art scene. Her fellow longtimers include Quickman, whose sole book became a classic and paralyzed his muse; MacKinney, a playwright who left behind her family; and Pettifer, an architect obsessing over an unfinished cathedral. In his astonishing second novel, Benjamin Wood gives us "an intensely intimate portrait of an artist as a young woman, with truths on every page" (Independent). The hermetic world at Portmantle shatters when the 17-year-old Fullerton arrives at the gates, his provenance and talents unknown. As Knell searches for answers, she reveals the path that led her to this place: Her intimate bond with her gruff drunk of a mentor; her early successes and crushing failures; a journey across the Atlantic and into the psychiatrist's office; and a grand commission of astronomical significance. What is "The Ecliptic," and how does it relate to the life Elspeth left behind? This gorgeous puzzle of a novel touches the head and the heart, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying. From the Hardcover edition.
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From the award-winning author of The Bellwether Revivals comes a "gorgeous and harrowing work" (Emily St. John Mandel) set on a mysterious island, where artists strive to recover their lost gifts--and where nothing is quite as it seems. Situated on a Turkish island, Portmantle might be the strangest, most exclusive artists' colony around. Its brilliant residents linger for years, all expenses paid and living under assumed names. Relieved of the burdens of time and ego, they are free to create their next masterpieces. Elspeth Conroy (aka "Knell") is a Scottish painter who has been at Portmantle for a decade, a refugee from the hectic London art scene. Her fellow longtimers include Quickman, whose sole book became a classic and paralyzed his muse; MacKinney, a playwright who left behind her family; and Pettifer, an architect obsessing over an unfinished cathedral. In his astonishing second novel, Benjamin Wood gives us "an intensely intimate portrait of an artist as a young woman, with truths on every page" (Independent). The hermetic world at Portmantle shatters when the 17-year-old Fullerton arrives at the gates, his provenance and talents unknown. As Knell searches for answers, she reveals the path that led her to this place: Her intimate bond with her gruff drunk of a mentor; her early successes and crushing failures; a journey across the Atlantic and into the psychiatrist's office; and a grand commission of astronomical significance. What is "The Ecliptic," and how does it relate to the life Elspeth left behind? This gorgeous puzzle of a novel touches the head and the heart, and the effect is nothing short of electrifying. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jane MacFarlane

Length:

14h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:07


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:59


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:42


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:38


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:52


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:54


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:55


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:09


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:06


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:03


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:47


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:54


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:39


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:51


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:19


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:09


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:03


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:02


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:31


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:04


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:03


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:56


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:31


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:43


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:59


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:30


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:44


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:51


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:35


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:14


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:00


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:19


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:11


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:55


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:18


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:32


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:21


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:42


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:15


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:21


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:42


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:49


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:57


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:28


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:46


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:44


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:01


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:55


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:01


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:29


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:43


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:57


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:35


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:40


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:57


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:51


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:51


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:56


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:46


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:21


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:12


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:19


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:27


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:30


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:47


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

00:24