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The Beautiful Childby Unknown
Peter Owen Publishers
From the acclaimed author of Pemberleyand Thornfield Hallcomes a tale inspired by Henry James The Beautiful Childis the last known unfinished story by the great American writer, ending on a Jamesian note of terror and amplified throughout by Tennant's trademark feminist-dreamlike style. A chilling account of cruelty and neglect, it suggests a terrifying real scandal behind James's inability to complete his story of a couple who beseech a fashionable artist to paint the child they never hadnone other than the dipsomaniac Mr. and Mrs. Smith, longstanding servants of James until the novel was abandoned.
Emma Tennant is best known for a postmodern approach to her fiction, which often gives a dreamlike twist to classic stories. Her books include a sequel to Pride and Prejudice called Pemberley and Thornfield Hall: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story.