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The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks

The Vexations

Caitlin Horrocks

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Imprint: Little Brown and Company
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication date: 30 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9780316316910

A kaleidoscopic debut novel about love, family, genius, and the madness of art, circling the life of eccentric composer Erik Satie and La Belle Époque Paris, from a writer who is "wildly entertaining" (San Francisco Chronicle), "startlingly ingenious" (Boston Globe), and "impressively sharp" (New York Times Book Review).

4 stars out of 5
2 Aug 2019

"A beguiling debut about lives lived in the orbit of an artistic temperament"

The Vexations contains a richly arranged cast of characters, all of whom rub up against each other in the streets, cabarets and cafés of Montmartre, Paris, on the cusp of the 20th century. Most vivid among these are Satie’s younger sister Louise and brother Conrad; together the three siblings are dealt the dual blows of their mother’s early death and abandonment by their father.