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Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Coco Mellors

Coup de coeur
Coup de coeur (Literature), by Olivia

“He became the hook upon which she hung her whole self.” New York. New Year's Eve. 24 year old Cleo - an artist and free-spirit - meets Frank - a self-made business man, twenty years her senior. The sparks between them are instantaneous and the conversation pours over the page. After their hasty marriage the book follows the couple as they navigate the trials of marriage and mental illness. With Cleo and Frank at the novel's gravitational center, the book revolves around the large cast of their friends; each one an incredible portrait of flawed humanity and the emotional struggles we endure. Each character is afforded such kindness, with the messiness and complexities of relationships beautifully captured.The universe Coco Mellors has created is masterful, with sentences stopping you in your tracks and characters you will carry with you always.

For readers of Modern Lovers and Conversations with Friends, an addictive, humorous, and poignant debut novel about the shock waves caused by one couple's impulsive marriage.‘A tender, devastating and funny exploration of love and friendship and the yearning for self-evisceration. Coco Mellors is an elegant and exciting new voice’ PANDORA SYKES, author of How Do We Know We’re Doing It RightNew York is slipping from Cleo’s grasp. Sure, she’s at a different party every other night, but she barely knows anyone. Her student visa is running out, and she doesn’t even have money for cigarettes. But then she meets Frank. Twenty years older, Frank's life is full of all the success and excess that Cleo's lacks. He offers her the chance to be happy, the freedom to paint, and the opportunity to apply for a green card. She offers him a life imbued with beauty and art—and, hopefully, a reason to cut back on his drinking. He is everything she needs right now.  Cleo and Frank run head-first into a romance that neither of them can quite keep up with. It reshapes their lives and the lives of those around them, whether that’s Cleo's best friend struggling to embrace his gender identity in the wake of her marriage, or Frank's financially dependent sister arranging sugar daddy dates after being cut off. Ultimately, this chance meeting between two strangers outside of a New Year’s Eve party changes everything, for better or worse. Cleopatra and Frankenstein is an astounding and painfully relatable debut novel about the spontaneous decisions that shape our entire lives and those imperfect relationships born of unexpectedly perfect evenings.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 02 Feb 2023
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 27 mm
ISBN: 9780008421793

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