Familiar

Author(s): J. Robert Lennon

Fiction Fan/Sci.Fi

A woman's life becomes a mystifying puzzle in this electrifying experimental thriller. Elisa Brown is driving back from her annual visit to her son Sila's grave. The road is flat and featureless, and so she finds herself focussing on an old crack in her windscreen. For a moment, she loses sense of all else around her. When she comes back to herself, everything has changed. The car she is driving is not the same car. Her body is more subtly changed. She's wearing different clothes. But a name badge pinned to her blouse tells her she's still Elisa Brown. When she arrives home, her life is familiar - but different. There is her house, her husband. But in the world she now inhabits, Silas is no longer dead, and his brother is disturbingly changed. Elisa has a new job, and her marriage seems sturdier, and stranger. She finds herself faking her way through a life she is convinced is not her own. Has she had a psychotic break? Or has she entered a parallel universe? She soon discovers that these questions hinge on being able to see herself as she really is-something that might be impossible for Elisa, or for anyone.


Product Information

"'A writer with enough electricity to light up the country' - Ann Patchett 'A literary puzzle, a marvelous trick of the mind...as tightly wound as a great Alfred Hitchcock movie.' (LA Times) 'So breakneck and harrowing, so grab-you-by-the-lapels astonishing, that you may not notice until nearly the end how many questions about your own life it makes you ask. Haunting, beautiful, a horror story about parenting, complicated-it's a wonderful book.' (Elizabeth McCracken)"

J. Robert Lennon is the author of seven novels. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker and the LRB. He lives in upstate New York.

General Fields

  • : 9781846689475
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Serpent's Tail
  • : August 2013
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : J. Robert Lennon
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 813.6
  • : 224