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Author: John Banville Narrator: Amy Finegan Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525588214

Publisher Description

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, a dazzling and audacious new novel that extends the story of Isabel Archer, the heroine of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, into unexpected territory. Isabel Archer is a young American woman, swept off to Europe in the late nineteenth century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naïve girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and—as Isabel finds out too late—cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate. On a trip to England to visit her cousin Ralph Touchett on his deathbed, Isabel is offered a chance to free herself from the marriage, but nonetheless chooses to return to Italy. Banville follows James's story line to this point, but Mrs. Osmond is thoroughly Banville's own: the narrative inventiveness; the lyrical precision and surprise of his language; the layers of emotional and psychological intensity; the subtle, dark humor. And when Isabel arrives in Italy—along with someone else!—the novel takes off in directions that James himself would be thrilled to follow.

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  • “The famously convoluted narrative voice of Henry James sounds once again in John Banville’s outstanding sequel to James’ Portrait of a Lady…Finegan conveys this subtle opposition in the voices of a score of complex and conflicted characters and in her sure passage through the snares and quagmires of Jamesian syntax…[A] performance that exceeds all expectations. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A delightful tour de force that channels James with ease. The rich and measured prose style is quintessentially Jamesian…As in James’ novel, Banville incorporates a wonderful sense of irony; the result is a novel that succeeds both as an unofficial sequel and as a bold, thoroughly satisfying standalone.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Banville deftly pairs scorching social irony with laser-precise insights into the cage of sexism and the trap of wealth, the betrayal of innocence and trust, and the allure of revenge…Banville’s gamble, daring us to compare his sequel to James’ classic, pays off deliciously.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Fans of Henry will find the writing persuasively Jamesian in its voice and diction, its syntax less labyrinthine…A sequel that honors James and his singular heroine while showing Banville to be both an uncanny mimic and, as always, a captivating writer.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. In 2013 he was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Irish Literature, and in 2014 he won the Prince of Asturias Award, Spain’s most important literary prize. He lives in Dublin.

About the Narrator

Amy Finegan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.