"Startling, unclassifiable. . . Full of mysteries — all originating in its characters’ troubled psyches — and full of terrors that can’t be explained."—New York Times Praise for Elizabeth Hand’s previous novels: “Inhabits a world between reason and insanity—it’s a delightful waking... show more
"Startling, unclassifiable. . . Full of mysteries — all originating in its characters’ troubled psyches — and full of terrors that can’t be explained."—New York Times Praise for Elizabeth Hand’s previous novels: “Inhabits a world between reason and insanity—it’s a delightful waking dream.”—People “One of the most sheerly impressive, not to mention overwhelmingly beautiful books I have read in a long time.”—Peter Straub Cass Neary made her name in the 1970s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and hangers on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, got her into art galleries and a book deal. But thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out. Then an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Downeast, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and into one final shot at redemption. Elizabeth Hand grew up in New York State. In 1975 she moved to Washington, DC, to study playwriting at Catholic University. After seeing Patti Smith perform, Hand flunked out and became involved in the DC and New York City nascent punk scenes. From 1979 to 1986 she worked at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; she returned to university to study cultural anthropology, and received her BA in 1985. The author of seven previous novels and the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission and an NEA Fellowship, she is a regular contributor to The Washington Post Book World. Hand lives with her family on the Maine coast.
Publish date: April 1st 2007
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Pages no: 265
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, Adult Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
Series: Cass Neary (#1)
Who would know that I would like a book about a occasional drug-using, petty thief, woman that's life has become stagnate after some early semi-fame. She's sent to interview one of the women she admires and finds out the woman doesn't know her and that there's some strange things happening. There's ...
Well, I was forewarned this was edgy. Our heroine, Ms. Neary, is almost unlikable. The book is described as a mystery, but it is not presented as a mystery. Nor does the NYC hard drinking, pill-popping, post-middle-aged, bookstore stockroom clerk, briefly famous (in her 20's) photographer go looki...
A book so exquisitely tailored to my own tastes, with the added bonus of writing that's just violently good. I mean. The seedy side of New York punk (which, you know, is actually saying something). Photography as a metaphor and a plot point and descriptions of which make my eyes ache to see these ph...
I first encountered Elizabeth Hand via her debut novel, Winterlong. I thought it was great, if a bit opaque, and I liked her subsequent books, Æstival Tide and Icarus Descending, almost as much. Slightly earlier, I had also discovered similar writer Richard Grant, and was surprised to find they were...
Invigorating--dark, lush prose and a dark, unprosaic lush as a protagonist. The novel--and Cass Neary--kept surprising amd seducing me. The end skewed more conventionally into crime guignol, but for much of its running time I wondered--in every sense of that word--where things were headed. Great ...