Author(s): Susan Minot
The long-awaited novel from the best-selling, award-winning author of 'Evening' is a literary tour de force set in war-torn Africa. Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities on behalf of their leader, the despicable Joseph Kony. Her life becomes a constant struggle to survive, to escape, to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has travelled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her centre after a series of failed relationships. In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways. With mesmerising emotional intensity and stunning evocations of Africa's beauty and its horror, Minot gives us her most brilliant and ambitious novel yet.
Praise for 'Rapture': 'Mesmerising.' Vogue 'Few novels capture so delicately the bittersweet ambiguities of love.' Esquire 'Susan Minot's third novel makes painfully honest reading for anyone who's ever fallen for the wrong man. Unsettling and beautifully written.' She 'Susan Minot is a precise and accomplished writer, and Rapture is a handsome artefact, combining fine attention to physical detail with a keen sense of the evasions and queasy half-truths of lust and attraction.' Sunday Telegraph 'Minot writes very well about the bad faith and special pleading that attend the break-up of an affair, and about the way that love can turn into obsession. The rigid formal constraints that she has imposed upon herself only sharpen the intensity of the writing.' The Times 'A brilliant new novel which strips bare the complexities of love ...A haunting tale of love lost which will leave a mark long after you've turned the page.' Glasgow Evening Times 'A brilliantly observed account of a doomed love affair. Witty and unusual.' Sunday Express, Read of the Week
Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, 'Monkeys', was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Etranger in France. Her novel 'Evening' was a worldwide bestseller and became a major motion picture. She lives with her daughter in New York City and Maine.