Thicker Than Water

Thicker Than Water

by Kathryn Harrison


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Isabel is the troubled daughter of charismatic but reckless parents who hastily wed, divorced just as fast, and distanced themselves from each other–and their child. Left to her grandparents’ care, Isabel longs for her remote, glamorous mother and for a father who is a fading memory. Unable to control her agony, Isabel rebels in perverse and dangerous ways. A captivating novel that gives new meaning to Freud’s “family romance,” Thicker Than Water vividly illuminates the fragile line between love and the darker sides of passion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812979725
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Harrison's novels include Thicker than Water and Exposure, both New York Times Notable Books, and Poison, called "powerful and hypnotic" by The New York Times and "a masterpiece" by Lucy Grealy. Harrison lives in New York.

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In truth, my mother was not a beautiful woman. She told me so one day—certainly no one else had ever said such a thing—when we were driving on Sunset Boulevard on the way home from a shopping trip. A half hour before, our heads had been inclined together over a makeup counter in I. Magnin’s department store, discussing blusher and the thickness of my eyebrows; she was all for having them waxed. Her own were cosmetically symmetrical, twin brush strokes of derision, purposefully countering the undisguised melancholy of her large hazel eyes. I had asked her as the car swept smoothly through the canyon, past the long stand of eucalyptus outside the entrance to UCLA, and through the tall black gates of Bel Air, “But don’t you think you are beautiful?

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