Emily is obsessed with peculiar facts and Catholic saints. Abandoned by her mother as a child, she now lives with her father in Mexico City, working in the local orphanage. When a mysterious cousin, Santi, appears on the doorstep, he brings with him family secrets, and soon Emily finds desire and temptation have overturned her straightforward life forever."The Poison that Fascinates" is an alluring fable forged in astonishing, sensuous prose. Jennifer Clement conjures a world heavy with the weight of Mexican superstition, mythology and faith, where saintliness and mortal sin sit side by side.
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An irresistible fable of faith, love and mortal sin
Abandoned by her mother as a baby, Emily now lives with her father in Mexico City. She works in the local Catholic orphanage. Life is simple. But when an enigmatic cousin, Santi, appears on the doorstep, he brings family secrets, and Emily quickly finds that desire and temptation have overturned her straightforward life forever.
'What a marvellous writer Clement is. She contains all this power in a prose that is simple and simply beguiling.' Scotsman
'Highly original. Her prose is precise as a scalpel, lyrical, and the story is unputdownable.' Ruth Padel, Guardian
'Weird, unpredictable and magical realist.' Independent
'An astonishing novel, every line alive, leading as if effortlessly to a shocking climax.' Alan Sillitoe, author of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
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