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This is an author I first discovered believe it or not through a random airport buy a number of years ago, when I picked up her racily-covered 2006 Exposure during a boring layover and ended up really enjoying it, albeit in a "high-class Judith Krantz" kind of way. And so when I came across her 2005 m ...more
I love the way in which Harrison digs deep and tells us all the flaws and insecurities that rest in the characters. Perhaps I am supposed to feel disgust toward the main character, Will, over his actions, but I actually feel sympathy for him. I can't believe all the horrible things that ...more
Perhaps best known for her 1997 memoir, The Kiss, in which she recounted her affair with her estranged father, Harrison is an expert at exploring themes of transgression, betrayal, and obsession. Envy deals with it all: marital estrangement, sexual dysfunction, sibling rivalry, and parental grief. Though riveting in parts and suspenseful the entire way through, the novel's sheer drama, approaching the formulaic, suffocated a few critics. The characters (some flat, others narcissistic and passion...more
Kathryn Harrison's Envy: More Sizzling Sex Secrets
By Sally Duros
Kathryn Harrison has delivered a compelling tale in her brooding new novel, Envy. Readers who admired her controversial memoir, The Kiss, will find themsel ...more
Envy is the story of psychoanalyst Will Moreland. The landscape of his life is pitted with estranged relationships (his identical – save for the brother’s wine-stain birthmark – twin, Mitch); death (his young son, Luke, killed in a boating accident) and a strained sexual relationship with his wife, Carole (they still do it, but not face to ...more
Will é um psiquiatra de 47 anos, casado e com uma filha chamada Samantha. No entanto, nem sempre foi assim... à 3 anos atrás ele tinha 2 filhos, Luke e Samantha. O filho morreu num acidente de barco e passados 3 anos, Carole, a esposa de Will não consegue fazer amor com ele como antes... Tem de ser sempre de costas, sem contacto visual e a isso acresc ...more
There was not one likeable character in this book. Fractured families, death of a child, a psychiatrist who can't stop thinking about what it would be like to have sex with his patients (and later does, although he was tricked, and oh hey, she may or may not be the daughter he didn't know he had....I should have stopped reading there). It doesn't get any better when he discovers his estranged twin brother has been sleeping not only with his past girlfriends, but oh h ...more
if you want true harrison edge, read "exposure", "thicker than water", and "the kiss". she's able to summarize her fucked-up childhood in those three, and it's much more potent than the faux-shock factor in "envy".
about the only thing i enjoyed were THE SURPRISES, which i will now give away:
-the twin bro slept with all of the psychologist's former gfs, including his wife
-the psychologist SLEEPS WITH HIS POSSIBLE DAUGHTER (although she's not)
If you've read her memoirs, some of this material will feel familiar. As someone who started with her non-fiction, I find her rendering of these narratives fresh and captivating, however familiar.
She has also written memoirs, The Kiss and The Mother Knot, a travel memoir, The Road To Santiago, a biography, Saint Therese Of Lisieux, and a collection of personal essays, Seeking Rapture.
Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essay ...more