Sarah Waters meets The Girls in this haunting, wickedly perceptive debut set in an all-girl school and seeking to answer the timeless question- Who has authority over a woman's body?
Clare Beams' short story collection was published in October 2016. It won the Kirkus Best Debut and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Clare lives in Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts. This is her first novel.
Astoundingly original, this impressive debut belongs on the shelf
with your Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler collections. * New
York Times *
The Illness Lesson is a brilliant, suspenseful, beautifully-executed psychological thriller. With power, subtlety, and keen intelligence, Clare Beams has somehow crafted a tale that feels like both classical ghost story and like a modern (and very timely) scream of female outrage. I stayed up all night to finish reading it, and I can still feel its impact thrumming through my mind and body. A masterpiece. * Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love *
'Subtle, clever, suspenseful . . . builds to a shocking climax' * Diane Setterfield *
Alcott meets Shirley Jackson, with a splash of Margaret Atwood. It's dark, quirky and even titillating . . . on the edge between realism and ghost story * The Washington Post *
A top pick for the coming year . . . this haunting novel blends historical fiction with a timely comment on women's bodies and minds, and those who think they can control them. Unmissable. * Stylist *