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Mrs. Osmond
By (author): John Banville
9781101972892 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Oct 09, 2018
$21.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 7.99 x 0.79 in 384 pages Vintage
A dazzling and audacious sequel to Henry James’s seminal novel, The Portrait of a Lady, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea.

In Mrs. Osmond, John Banville continues the story of Isabel Archer, the young protagonist of Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. An eager but naïve girl who comes into a large, unforeseen inheritance, in James’s novel Isabel marries the charming, penniless, and—as Isabel finds out too late—cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond. Yet when given an opportunity to free herself from the marriage, she nonetheless—somewhat perplexingly—choses to return to her husband. Now Banville imagines Isabel’s second chapter, following her arrival back in Italy where, reawakened by grief and the knowledge of having been grievously wronged, she determines to resume her youthful quest for freedom and independence. A masterly novel of betrayal, corruption, and moral ambiguity, Mrs. Osmond would have thrilled James himself.

Publication History: Knopf HC, November 2017

HOUSE AUTHOR: Winner of the Man Booker Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and many other awards—and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature—Banville is one of the finest prose stylists writing in English and a longtime house author.

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY: Mrs. Osmond is Banville’s sequel to Henry James’s beloved novel, which is available from Everyman’s Library.

BACKLIST: Banville’s fifteen-book backlist has sold more than 350,000 copies in trade paperback and eBook with Vintage.

PRAISE: Banville’s books always receive great reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, and Mrs. Osmond is no exception. The Wall Street Journal calls the novel “a tribute paid by a great writer to a greater one,” and The Sunday Times (London) declares it “richly enjoyable and enthralling.”

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian have all named Mrs. Osmond one of 2017’s best books.

BOOK CLUB: James’s The Portrait of a Lady is a favorite among book groups, and Mrs. Osmond is sure to be as well. A gorgeous work of historical fiction that is also rich with melodrama and revenge story, the novel is ripe for discussion, and we already have a reading group guide in place.

JOHN BANVILLE, the author of sixteen novels, has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Franz Kafka Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Dublin.

Author Residence: Dublin, Ireland

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“[A] triumph…. A tribute paid by a great writer to a greater one…. There are some scenes…when Mr. Banville drives James himself from my mind.”—Michael Gorra, The Wall Street Journal

“A delightful tour de force that channels James with ease…. A novel that succeeds both as an unofficial sequel and as a bold, thoroughly satisfying stand-alone.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Banville is one of the best novelists in English…. Both a remarkable novel in its own right and a superb pastiche.”—The Guardian

“A brilliant feat of literary ventriloquism…. Richly enjoyable and enthralling, this exercise in creative empathy is a sequel of very high finish.”—The Sunday Times (London)

“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)

“Banville is…a great storyteller…. He makes James something all his own.”—The Observer

“Superbly written…. Mrs. Osmond represents an important contribution to Banville’s impressive oeuvre.”—London Evening Standard

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