The Nature of Monsters a Novel Author:Clare Clark 1666: The Great Fire of London sweeps through the streets and a heavily pregnant woman flees the flames. A few months later she gives birth to a child disfigured by a red birthmark. — 1718: Sixteen-year-old Eliza Tally sees the gleaming dome of St. Paul's Cathedral rising above a rebuilt city. She arries as an apothecary's maid, a position hastil... more »y arranged to shield the father of her unborn child from scandal. But why is the apothecary so eager to welcome her when he already has a main, a half-wit named Mary? Why is Eliza never allowed to look her veiled master in the face or go into the study where he pursues his experiments? When she realized the nature of his obsession, she knows she has to act to save not just the child but Mary and herself.
"As a storyteller, Clark is endowed with verve and intelligence, but her larger gift, dazzlingly in evidence throughout both her fine novels, lies in the originality of her imagination."- The New York Times Book Review
"[A] stunning new gothic novel, driven by mystery and drenched with menace... The Nature of Monsters is a spellbinder. Writing with grace and energy, Clark has the power to pull her readers into the deep past and hold them prisoner long after the story ends."- St. Petersburg Times
CLARE CLARK's first novel, The Great Stink was a New York Times Editor's Choice, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award. She lives in London.
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