The Tell-Tale Heart

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Harper Perennial
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5.4 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Jill Dawson is the author of Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was short-listed for the Whitbread Novel Award and the Orange Prize, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, and Lucky Bunny. She has edited six anthologies of short stories and poetry, and has written for numerous UK publications, including The Guardian, The Times, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and two sons.

"An uncanny and atmospheric novel from a skilful storyteller."--Hilary Mantel
"Willie's narration also showcases [Dawson's] most lyrical writing....With a title borrowed...from Poe's best-known short story, Dawson's novel...pose[s]...genuine questions about what it means to be fully human."--New York Times Book Review
"This deft, intelligent novel explores the human anxiety that replacing a heart is the closest one can come to replacing a soul."--The Guardian (London)
"Dawson navigates this territory with a freshness and wit that belie a seasoned novelist."--The Times (London)
"A tender and thoughtful novel that explores some of the fundamental questions about identity and the symbolism of the heart."--Daily Mail (London)
"Dawson knows how to pluck the heartstrings too. The moment when Drew's mother listens to her dead son's heart beating in Patrick's chest is devastating...the flashback leading up to the hanging of one of Drew's forefathers is one of the highlights in a narrative that keeps you guessing."--The Sunday Telegraph
"As wise as it is witty, Dawson's skilful storytelling constructs a unique look at how one deals with another life, if given a second chance. Split into seven parts, her prose absorbs the reader into a beautifully crafted novel that will extend many a reading afternoon."--Huffington Post
"[A] searching and gently philosophical novel...moving and intriguing."--Literary Review
"Dawson explores the broad range of complexities involved in organ transplantation with reverence and respect for the recipient and the donor family, skillfully skirting the maudlin in favor of crafting vibrant characterizations."--Booklist