Instances of the Number 3

A Novel

Salley Vickers

Picador

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Following the death of Peter Hansome, his wife Bridget is contacted by Frances Slater, her late-husband’s mistress. Though the two are from opposite sides of London and meet under the least desirable circumstances, the women become close friends. In a subtly wrought turn of events, Bridget and Frances discover that they have in common what is important to them most: their parallel memories of Peter, killed in a car accident, and the shared reality of his spirit form, haunting them still. A gracefully tuned feat of the imagination, Salley Vickers’s novel is a rare celebration of life’s most intriguing geometries, the love triangle.

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“Entertains even as it considers serious questions of sin and redemption, love and loss, what we venture in this life and the reckonings we may face in the great beyond.” —Francine Prose, People

“A book to place on the shelf next to Marilynne Robinson’s haunting Housekeeping and Penelope Fitzgerald’s serene The Blue Flower....Harold Bloom once observed that a sense of strangeness in a work of art was one likely sign of greatness. Instances of the Number 3 possesses such an utterly assured, if quiet originality.” —Michael Dirda, Crisis

“A comedy of manners and a ghost story...Thoroughly entertaining.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A testament to the craftiness and generosity of spirit of the author, whom one hopes to hear from much more.” —The Seattle Times

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Salley Vickers’s novels, Instances of the Number 3 and Miss Garnet’s Angel, have been bestsellers in England. She divides her time between London and Bath

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Instances of the Number 3
A Novel
Salley Vickers

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
June 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312421120
ISBN10: 0312421125
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one black-and-white illustration
$19.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374706128
ISBN10: 0374706123
320 pages
$7.99
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