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Kennedy, A. L.

ISBN 10: 1400043646 / ISBN 13: 9781400043644
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Paradise

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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From one of Britain&#x2019;s most acclaimed novelists, a comic but terrifying love story about two alcoholics alternately battling and embracing their addiction, and each other.<br /><br />Everything in Hannah Luckraft&#x2019;s life is tinted amber: her dreary job selling cardboard boxes; her strained relations with a beloved younger brother, who is about to give up on her; and especially her incipient relationship with Robert, a man who understands what it is to drink. They become constant companions, and she drinks up his tender affection with the same soul-ravaged thirst she brings to her search for paradise&#x2013;the paradise of self-annihilation, a reprieve from the howling loneliness and difficulty of waking life. Together and then alone, she and Robert spiral through the beauty and depravity of a love affair with alcohol and with each other. From Scotland to Montreal, and onward, Hannah travels beyond her limits, beyond herself, in search of the ultimate altered state, the place where she can be happy: her paradise.<br /><br />No one writes with greater intelligence about the human predicament, about the comic dilemmas of consciousness and the mind divided against itself, and no young writer brings a greater gift of language to our concurrent pursuits of debasement and ascension. <i>Paradise</i> is a novel of dark extremes, rich in emotion&#x2013;Kennedy&#x2019;s most gripping and immediate work of fiction yet.

About the Author:

A. L. Kennedy lives in Glasgow. She has received many prizes for her work, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award, and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award.<br /><br />A. L. Kennedy&#x2019;s <i>Indelible Acts</i>, <i>Original Bliss</i>, <i>So I Am Glad, Everything You Need,</i> and <i>On Bullfighting </i>are available in Vintage paperback.

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