Katherine Hill's Violet Hour is blazing debut about a woman who just can't stop herself from destroying what she loves most.
For a moment that afternoon, it was only woman and water, the Bay in all its sickening glory squaring itself for a fight.
Life hasn't always been perfect, but for Abe and Cassandra Green, an afternoon on the San Francisco Bay might be as good as it gets.
He's a doctor piloting his new sailing boat. She's a sculptor finally getting a bit of recognition.
Their beautiful daughter Elizabeth is off to Harvard at the end of the summer.
But then there is a terrible row. Cassandra has been unfaithful. In a fit of insanity, Abe throws himself off the boat.
A love story that begins with the end of a marriage, The Violet Hour follows a 21st century American family through past and present, from a lavish New York wedding to the family funeral home in suburban Washington, from a drunken PTA party to a scene of unexpected public violence.
In this deeply resonant novel intimacy is fragile and the search for gratification breeds destruction.
Here is a family ripped apart by desire. And here is a family possibly reborn. Katherine Hill was born in Washington, D.C., in 1982. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications including n+1, The Believer, Bookforum, Colorado Review and the San Francisco Chronicle.
This is her first novel.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/02/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780670922451