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Frankie Styne and the Silver Man
by Kathy Page
Frankie Styne, the physically deformed author of a series of violent novels, has built an intensely private life. Unexpectedly nominated for the nation's top literary prize, his carefully constructed world becomes threatened. In response, he hatches a revenge plot straight from his own novels targeting his agent. A shocking tale of revenge, celebrity culture, and the power ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 27th 1992 by Methuen Publishing Ltd
(first published 1992)
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I’m torn. On one hand, it’s audacious and risky and I like the way Page sticks a pin in the genre vs literary debate. She writes awfully well and does a great job with the characters’ interior worlds. On the other hand, although the scenes are well-crafted, they don’t coalesce. The set-ups are contrived, and far too convenient. Frank’s story felt lost and the ending abrupt and not terribly credible. Could have gone three stars if it wasn't written so well, couldn't gone five stars if some of the ...more
She has her BA from York (England) and her MA in writing from the University of East Anglia. A novelist and widely anthologised short-story writer, she has also written for television and radio. Her themes are loss, survival, and transformation: the magic by which a bad hand becomes a good chance. Her fifth novel, The Story of My Face, was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and is optioned ...moreMore about Kathy Page...