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Some secrets should be heard but not seen.
A sensuously-written, literary novel about the emotional and erotic awakening of a young widow living in Brooklyn.
You see, I was no different than Hope, no less a danger to myself and others - I had given myself away, to harm, to unknown appetites - but here, in my own building, I meant to practice life differently, in my way, no one else's.
In the five years since her young husband's death, Celia Cassill has retreated from view. She has moved from one New York neighbourhood to another but she has not moved on. The owner of a small apartment building, she has chosen tenants who will not intrude upon her grief. Privacy is the byword; self-containment the aim.
Everything will change when a new tenant, Hope, moves in upstairs. Intoxicating and dangerous, Hope is on the run from a failed marriage and in thrall to a seductive, sinister man. As her noisy affair destroys the building's quiet, and another tenant disappears, Celia is forced into contact with life - complicated, messy, irrepressible life - through violence, sex, and the secrets that lurk within the brownstone's walls.
About the Author
Amy Grace Loyd is an executive editor at BYLINER INC. and was the fiction and literary editor of PLAYBOY magazine for over six years until 2011. She has also worked in THE NEW YORKER's fiction department and was associate editor on the NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS Classics series. She has been a MacDowell and Yaddo fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
When her husband dies young, Celia, becomes the owner of a small apartment building and chooses her tenants carefully. Privacy and harmony are paramount. But then Hope moves in and everything changes. On the run from a failed marriage, she is in thrall to a sinister, violent man and her noisy affair disrupts the building’s peace. Then another elderly tenant disappears. Celia’s curiosity about the people sharing her home sucks her into re-engaging with life with consequences she could never imagine.
This psychological portrait of grief is a very confident debut, with a polished, controlled style, and a quietly building undertow of erotic tension that reminded me of Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
A riveting, raw debut... Loyd brilliantly keeps us holding our breath as Celia's barriers disintegrate, her rules fall away, and the shield she holds so tightly over her heart slowly lowers... Stunningly rendered, acutely emotional REDBOOK (USA) For first-time novelist Amy Grace Loyd, an apartment building is not simply housing. It is also a metaphor for the paradoxical isolation and proximity we feel among others... With forceful, sensual prose (the author is captivated by the scents of people and places), Loyd allows Celia to discover that 'life had as many gains as losses as long as we were willing to tally them -- Amy Fine Collins O THE OPRAH MAGAZINE (USA) In this 50-shades-of-something novel, an apartment building's tenants are thrown for a loop when a new resident moves in MARIE CLAIRE (USA) [Loyd's] writing is rich and elegant, with elements of allusion and allegory and beguiling characters to draw readers in. Dark and sensual, with just a touch of suspense, this first novel offers a heartwrenchingly honest story about grief while still allowing for a glimmer of hope BOOKLIST (USA)
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 14th January 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1