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Both friend and rival of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield was one of the most influential and original writers of her generation. "A woman with as many names as she had masks, as many roles as she had selves," the subversive Mansfield has often been relegated to the fringes of literary history. Thieves is a masterful reimagination of this revolutionary writer's brief but brilliant life. The year is 1986, shortly before the centenary of Katherine Mansfield's birth. Monty, a disillusioned New Zealand scholar, impulsively steals a letter intended for his father. Seduced by its promise of new Mansfield material and desperate to redeem his own failing career, Monty breaks his self-imposed exile and travels to Chicago. There, an eccentric, Mansfield-obsessed collector leads him to some startling revelations. The secrets he uncovers trigger a dramatic new understanding of Mansfield's past, leading Monty to realize the perilous shape his own life has assumed, and what he must do to salvage it. An exhilarating and engrossing novel, Thieves is at once a mystery, an absorbing love story, and a haunting study of what makes us whole.

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  • ISBN 13: 9780006392811
  • ISBN 10: 0006392814
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 317
  • Size: 7.90" l x 5.30" w x 0.90" h

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