Stock Image

The Witching Hour (signed)

Rice, Anne

87,197 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0394587863 / ISBN 13: 9780394587868
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Gebhard and Burkhart Books (Miami, FL, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since February 15, 2001

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 25.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.50 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Hardcover. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket with a bit of wear to the bottom edge. The Book is signed "For Amy, Anne Rice " in magic marker. Bookseller Inventory # 007374

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Witching Hour (signed)

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title

Synopsis:

From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries.

Demonstrating, once again, her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and to incest, to murder and to philosophy; a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being.

On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking . . . and The Witching Hour begins.

It begins in our time with a rescue at sea.  Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery--aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches--finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life.  He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens him.

As these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and--in passionate alliance--set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today's New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and a château in the France of Louis XIV.  An intricate tale of evil unfolds--an evil unleashed in seventeenth-century Scotland, where the first "witch," Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher . . . a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn.

From the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien--the clan's only male to be endowed with occult powers--provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompasses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing.  And always--through peril and escape, tension and release--there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war: innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death.  With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan's increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax.

Review:

In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Member of FABA. General stock. Spanish, Children, Novels History, Florida. We would love to have interested, book lovers call and stop by.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Prices net. All books returnable within ten days. Payment may be made by check, money order,Paypal,or through ABE's e-commerce; I cannot take credit card payment directly. Domestic shipping by priority mail is $7.50; book rate, $4.50. Florida residents must pay 7% sales tax.
International orders: payment must be by Paypal or ABE's e-commerce.
(305) 541-9982, 9 pm until midnight best.
wgebhard@bellsouth.net


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal