The Blue Book

The Blue Book

Book - 2013
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"While on a transatlantic trip with her soon-to-be-fiance Derek, Elizabeth unexpectedly runs into ex-lover Arthur, with whom she shares a shady past: the pair once worked as traveling spiritual mediums who conned the vulnerable by pretending to contact the spirits of departed loved ones. While Derek remains seasick and cabin-bound, Elizabeth wanders the ship, alternately avoiding and seeking out Arthur. Unable to avoid memories of their fractured past, she must face the deception they practiced even as she accepts the peace they brought to the grief-stricken who sought their services"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: Boston : New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780544027701
Branch Call Number: FICTION KENNEDY
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm


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alaude Jul 24, 2017

Kennedy's deeply original novel, her 11th work of fiction (after What Becomes), nominated for the Orange Prize, is set on a luxury cruise from England to New York.

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Sep 01, 2014

Post-modern, complex, funny and multi-layered, this novel draws parallels between being a medium and being a writer. Although emotions are gradually revealed, as a reader I was not engaged by the characters. It is an interesting and unusual book, well worth making the effort to read.

Mar 27, 2013

I'll be the middle-of-the-road review. I didn't hate this book, but I kept putting it down because I didn't feel very compelled to finish it either (but I did!). It wasn't the writing style, but my lack of attachment to any of the characters. Except Bunny and Francis. They were sweet.

Nov 02, 2012

Darkly funny and cleverly crafted, Scottish author A.L. Kennedy's The Blue Book offers sharp and tender insights into human nature. I read passages aloud to anyone who would listen. By the end, my copy fluttered with sticky notes marking favourite parts.


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