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The Need (Hardback)

By Phillips, Helen

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She discovers that the stranger in her sitting room knows everything about her life and, as their identity becomes chillingly clear, this intruder makes a demand of Molly that upends everything, forcing her to reckon with her most unspeakable fears.

ISBN 9781784742843
Barcode 9781784742843
Published 26 July 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781784742843
ISBN-10 1784742848
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication Date 26 July 2019
International Publication Date 1 August 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Phillips, Helen
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 392g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Psychological, FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense, Thriller / suspense
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 1001487

Description of this Book

She crouched in front of the mirror in the dark, clinging to them. The baby in her right arm, the child in her left. There were footsteps in the other room... Molly is exhausted, anxious, losing her grip on reality. Her husband is away and she is running between her children and her job, where things are unravelling. She's a paleobotanist, working at a fossil quarry, and has recently unearthed artefacts that defy understanding; the coke bottle with the lettering that leans the wrong way, the Bible with a female God. Where do these things come from? At home, as dusk falls, she gets jumpy. Are those footsteps out in the hall? What was that noise? She holds her two small children close to her, and tries to pull herself together. But her worlds of work and home are about to collide. She discovers that the stranger in her sitting room knows everything about her life and, as their identity becomes chillingly clear, this intruder makes a demand of Molly that upends everything, forcing her to reckon with her most unspeakable fears. The Need is a gripping, unsettling and stunningly original story that probes deep truths about motherhood, and explores grief, loss and how we treat others. It's a compulsive, reality-warping novel that makes us rethink our world, and question how far we would go to protect the ones we love. 'Helen Phillips is one of the most exciting young writers working today, and I envy those who get to discover her work here for the first time' Jenny Offill

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Need is a profound meditation on the nature of reality, a fearless examination of parenthood, and also somehow a thriller. This is an extraordinary and dazzlingly original work from one of our most gifted and interesting writers -- Emily St John Mandel
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

HELEN PHILLIPS is the author of five books. Her collection Some Possible Solutions received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Helen has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an associate professor at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her family. www.helencphillips.com.

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