Rich and powerful, the Geary dynasty has reigned over American society for decades. But it is a family with dark, terrible secrets. For the Gearys are a family at war. Their adversaries are the Barbarossas, a clan whose timeless origins lie in myth, whose mystical influence is felt in intense, sensual exchanges of flesh and soul. Now their battle is about to escalate.
When Galilee, prodigal prince of the Barbarossa clan, meets Rachel, the young bride of the Gearys' own scion Mitchell, they fall in love, consumed by a passion that unleashes long-simmering hatred. Old insanities arise, old adulteries are uncovered, and a seemingly invincible family will begin to wither, exposing its unholy roots. . . .
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Over many years and many books, Clive Barker has earned a reputation as the thinking person's horror writer. His novels have mixed fantasy, psychology, and sheer creepiness in almost equal quantities, and while the gore quotient remains relatively low, the tension always runs high. In Galilee, however, Barker soft-pedals the ghoulish in favor of the gothic. His novel (or as the author would have it, "romance") tells the tale of two warring families caught up in a disastrous web of corruption, illicit sexuality, and star-crossed love, with a soupçon of the supernatural thrown in as well. On one side are the wealthy Gearys--a fictional stand-in for the Kennedys--and on the other are the Barbarossas, a mysterious black clan that has been around since the time (quite literally) of Adam. Galilee chronicles the twisted course of this centuries-old family feud, which centers around the magical Barbarossa matriarch Cesaria and her son Galilee. Indeed, it's the latter figure--one part Heathcliff to one part Christ--whose relationship with the Geary women sets a match to the entire powder keg of hostility and resentment. Mixing standard clichés of romance with his own peculiarly deep-fried version of the Southern gothic, Baker has come up with an intelligent and shamelessly amusing potboiler.About the Author:
Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.
Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.
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Book Description Harper Collins, London, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Reprint. 582 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout. As Rich As The Rockfellers, As Glamorous As The Kennedys, The Geary Dynasty Has Held Subtle Sway Over American Life Since The Civil War, Brilliantly Concealing The Depths Of Its Corruption. Bookseller Inventory # 045009
Book Description Collins, Great Britain, 1998. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 582 pages. Multiple copies of this title available. Covers have light creasing. Spine has minimal reading creases. Pages are lightly tanned. Raised in humble circumstances in North Carolina, Amy Honeycutt never dreamed she would marry anyone so glamorous, rich or wonderful as Mitchell Geary. But the Gearys are hiding a terrible secret, "Galilee", 200 years old and by no means human. Quantity Available: 2. Category: Fiction; Horror; ISBN: 000225798X. ISBN/EAN: 9780002257985. Inventory No: 13060499. The photo of this book is of the actual book for sale. Bookseller Inventory # 13060499