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Bad News

Bad News

Book Two of the Patrick Melrose Novels

The Patrick Melrose Novels (Volume 2)

Edward St. Aubyn

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In Bad News, the second installment in Edward St. Aubyn's wonderful, wry and profound series, the Patrick Melrose Cycle, Patrick, now in his twenties, is traveling to New York to collect the ashes of his recently deceased father. Deep in the grasp of a crippling drug addiction, he spends most of his time searching for a fix, alternately suffering from withdrawals, hallucinations, and anguish over his tyrannical father's death. Written in unflinching, breathtakingly resonant prose, St. Aubyn paints another haunting landscape of human suffering.

Praise for Bad News

“The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England.” —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“When I read St. Aubyn I'm floored over and over again by the warmth and intelligence and eloquence of his work....Gorgeous, golden prose.” —Lev Grossman, Time on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“On every page of St. Aubyn's work is a sentence or a paragraph that prompts a laugh or a moment of enriched comprehension....Many of the scenes have a delicious, oysterish kind of edible comedy--they read smoothly and go down very easily, like something out of Anthony Powell.” —James Wood, The New Yorker on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Read as one long novel, these books form a portrait of a man that feels more alive and true than nearly any I can think of in literature. The Melrose novels have inspired me, changed me, and left me wholly dissatisfied with everything I have read since.” —Ann Patchett, The Guardian on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn?” —Bret Easton Ellis on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Edward St. Aubyn's [novels] are so intoxicatingly witty that their high seriousness may not be immediately apparent. This seriousness...is intrinsic to his ferociously comic vision.” —The New York Review of Books on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

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“The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England.” —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“When I read St. Aubyn I'm floored over and over again by the warmth and intelligence and eloquence of his work....Gorgeous, golden prose.” —Lev Grossman, Time on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“On every page of St. Aubyn's work is a sentence or a paragraph that prompts a laugh or a moment of enriched comprehension....Many of the scenes have a delicious, oysterish kind of edible comedy--they read smoothly and go down very easily, like something out of Anthony Powell.” —James Wood, The New Yorker on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Read as one long novel, these books form a portrait of a man that feels more alive and true than nearly any I can think of in literature. The Melrose novels have inspired me, changed me, and left me wholly dissatisfied with everything I have read since.” —Ann Patchett, The Guardian on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn?” —Bret Easton Ellis on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Edward St. Aubyn's [novels] are so intoxicatingly witty that their high seriousness may not be immediately apparent. This seriousness...is intrinsic to his ferociously comic vision.” —The New York Review of Books on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Writing reviews you spend a lot of time typing out the sentences of other people, i.e., quoting. Usually this is dull work; with St. Aubyn, it's a joy.” —Zadie Smith, Harper's Magazine on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

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Edward St. Aubyn

EDWARD ST. AUBYN lives in London with his two children. He is the author of The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mothers Milk, and At Last. Mother's Milk was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2006.

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