The Weak Spot


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$15.95  $14.67
Soft Skull
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5.1 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Lucie Elven has written for publications including The London Review of Books, Granta, and NOON. The Weak Spot is her first book. She lives in London.


An atmospheric tale of rural intrigue. --K.W. Colyard, Bustle, One of the Most Anticipated Debut Books of the Year

Lyrical and wholly unsettling, The Weak Spot is a beguiling tale of alienation and oppression, offering a new perspective on what it takes to get and maintain control over an unsuspecting public. --Kristin Iversen, Refinery29, One of the Best New Books of the Year

Elven's book is mysterious. It's about a mysterious woman in a mysterious town. More importantly it isn't concerned with these mysteries necessarily . . . She allows the book to be weird and allows readers to connect the dots and let the story breathe on its own. --Adam Vitcavage, Debutiful

Lucie Elven's The Weak Spot--with its humour, wise ruminations and scrupulous sentences--was a joy to discover. --Lauren Aimee Curtis, The White Review

There is a kind of magic all-knowingness to Lucie Elven's writing . . . This fable-like tale just might be the anecdote you need these days. --Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

Elven's crisp and creepy debut looks at the transactional nature of relationships and the subtle signals of power at play in small-town dynamics . . . Skillfully polished prose keeps things intriguing. Elven successfully channels the magic and mood of Kafka's fables. --Publishers Weekly

In prose reminiscent of Fleur Jaeggy, The Weak Spot is a prismatic fable spiked with dozens of elegant revelations. Lucie Elven is an extremely promising new writer, one in touch with a greater, richer world that exists just below the surface of daily life. --Catherine Lacey, author of Pew and The Answers

Recalling the mood of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain and the aesthetic of a Dario Argento film, The Weak Spot is an evocative and intriguing novel. The thrill is in the prose--vivid, expansive, perfectly controlled. I love where Lucie Elven's sentences take me, and I adore this book. --Lauren Aimee Curtis, author of Dolores

No word is wasted in Lucie Elven's whipsmart, elegiac debut. Every scene and image is vivid, cutting, and fluid, turning a peculiar mountain town into a wonderland of social insights and frictions. I knew I would be rereading The Weak Spot halfway during my first read--and a few pages into my second read. Elven is a master in the making. --Stephen Kearse, author of In the Heat of the Light

This eccentric, intensely observed book--full of dry humor and sturdy, elegant sentences--examines the slippery quality of the self in relation to others and the treacherous terrain of a world governed by manipulative men. Slightly gothic, vaguely old-world, and briskly contemporary, The Weak Spot is a singular work from a writer whose fiction I've long admired in the pages of NOON. --Kathryn Scanlan, author of The Dominant Animal and Aug 9--Fog

The Weak Spot is at once a charming and a gently profound novel, bringing to mind the elegant fabulism of Anne Serre and the grace-filled contemplativeness of Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. In sentences that quietly astonish, Lucie Elven shows us how consciousness is shaped by landscape--by distance, light, and heat--and by radically opening ourselves, for better and for worse, to the aspirations and struggles of others. I know I will be returning to these pages again and again. --Mary South, author of You Will Never Be Forgotten