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Description: Opening on the windswept front of Morecambe Bay, on the remote north-west coast of England, The Electric Michelangelo is a novel of love, loss and the art of tattooing.

In the uniquely sensuous and lyrical prose that has already become her trademark, Sarah Hall's remarkable new novel tells the story of Cy Parks, from his childhood years spent in a seaside guest house for consumptives with his mother, Reeda, to his apprenticeship as a tattoo artist with Eliot Riley - a scraper with a reputation as a Bolshevik and a drinker to boot.

His skills acquired and a thirst for experience burning within him, Cy departs for America and the riotous world of the Coney Island boardwalk, where he sets up his own business as "The Electric Michelangelo." In this carnival environment of roller-coasters and freak-shows, while the crest of the Edwardian amusement industry wave is breaking, Cy becomes enamoured with Grace, a mysterious East European immigrant and circus performer who commissions him to cover her body entirely with tattooed eyes.

Hugely atmospheric, exotic, and familiar, The Electric Michelangelo is a love story and an exquisitely rendered portrait of seaside resorts on opposite sides of the Atlantic by one of the most uniquely talented novelists of her generation.



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7 comments:

February 24, 2010 at 1:27 PM lara said...

I take note.
colored kisses

February 24, 2010 at 7:26 PM aimee said...

this looks like a fab read! thanks for the rec!

February 24, 2010 at 7:34 PM Diana said...

You find the most fabulous books! You are like my local librarian ;)

February 25, 2010 at 1:19 AM Brunch at Saks said...

Oh this one sounds amazing! Thanks for the review! I still need to finish like 5 ones that I have opened before moving on- but this will definitely be on my list! Hope all is well gorgeous girl XOXO

February 25, 2010 at 9:22 AM Helen [In Elegance] said...

Thanks for the lovely comment.

February 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM escapade said...

Always looking for a great new read - this looks really interesting, thanks for the suggestion!

February 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM STEFANIE said...

Aww yes! They're lovely :)