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Blood

Blood

A Novel

Patricia Traxler

Minotaur Books

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From talented newcomer Patricia Traxler comes a brilliant literary suspense novel about how desire can become jealousy, obsession, and finally murderous rage. Blood is equal parts auspicious literary debut, pageturner, and erotic novel about four people whose lives become irrevocably intertwined during one year at Radcliffe College.

The narrator, Norrie Blume, is a painter who has accepted a prestigious fellowship at the college; she's excited to leave her job as a commercial graphic designer and take up the artist's life. But she's also in the middle of an intense love affair with a married colleague, an affair that is threatening to consume both their lives. At Radcliffe, Norrie develops friendships with two other fellows, a journalist and a poet. One is deep, comforting; the other ruled by need and guilt. These three intense relationships quickly begin to infringe upon each other, and soon the four of them seem to be hurtling toward some shocking-and perhaps tragic-end.

Blood is a triumph of suspense writing, a true psychological thriller about the nature of desire and the danger of love.

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I'd spent most of the week packing my worldly belongings for the move to Brattle Street, and by Friday night I was nearly finished. I found it unsettling, how easy it was to sort my life into boxes I arranged in rows on the floor. I hadn't...

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Praise for Blood

“I have not read a book before that rendered, in quite this way, the reality of an adulterous relationship.” —Craig Holden, author of Four Corners of Night

“Seldom have the twin obsessions of love and art been more vividly or intelligently portrayed...an elegant, suspenseful, steamy debut.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Missing World

“Traxler conscientiously prevents the hints of full-throated melodrama from ever taking flight. Her deeper evocation of the ecstatic waking nightmare of love, friendship, and artistic creation...rings true to the end.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Patricia Traxler

Patricia Traxler was born in California and now lives in Kansas. An award-winning poet, she has published three volumes of poetry, and her fiction and poetry have appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, Slate, and Ms. magazine. Blood is her first novel.

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