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Saint X

Author: Alexis Schaitkin  

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A masterful debut novel as gripping and psychologically complex as it is beautifully written.

A stunning debut and a haunting portrait of grief, race, obsession and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know each other.

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A masterful debut novel as gripping and psychologically complex as it is beautifully written.

A stunning debut and a haunting portrait of grief, race, obsession and the bond between two sisters never truly given the chance to know each other.

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NOW A MAJOR TV MINI SERIES STREAMING ON DISNEY+ STARRING ALYCIA DEBNAM-CAREY'Part "true-crime" thriller and part coming-of-age novel... Saint X is irresistibly suspenseful and canny.' Joyce Carol OatesClaire is only seven years old when her college-age sister Alison vanishes from the luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X on the last night of her family's vacation. Several days later Alison's naked body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men, employees at the resort, are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. It's national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved, but for Claire's family there is only the sad return home to broken lives.Years later, riding in a New York City taxicab, Claire recognizes the name on the cabbie's licence, Clive Richardson - her driver is one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. The fateful encounter sets her on an obsessive pursuit of the truth, not only what happened on the night of Alison's death, but the no less elusive question of exactly who was this sister she was barely old enough to know: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will uncover the truth, an unlikely intimacy develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by a tragedy.Alexis Schaitkin's Saint X is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that hurtles to a devastating end.Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, included in Good Morning America's 20 Books We're Excited for in 2020 & named as one of Vogue's Best Books to Read This Winter, Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of February 2020, and O Magazine's 14 of the Best Books to Read This February!PRAISE FOR SAINT X'This killer debut is both a thriller with a vivid setting and an insightful study of race, class, and obsession.' Kirkus Reviews (starred review)'Mystery fans will appreciate this engrossing read' Vogue, Best Books to Read This Winter'Reminiscent of some of the sharp observations and language that made Gone Girl a success, Saint X will keep you up all night and haunt you for days after.' Sarah Gelman, Amazon Book Review (Featured Debut of the Month)

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Critic Reviews

“Engrossing”

A remarkable debut . . . A richly polyphonic, prismatic novel . . . Issues are raised — tourism, racial bias, reality TV, sisterhood, excessive grief — but Schaitkin’s central preoccupation is with how we misperceive and misremember those around us. Sunday Times
Saint X is hypnotic . . . Schaitkin's characters . . . are so intelligent and distinctive it feels not just easy, but necessary, to follow them. I devoured Saint X in a day. -- Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, The Serial Killer New York Times
Saint X imagines a chorus of voices in the aftermath of the alleged rape/murder of a privileged American girl vacationing in an exotic Caribbean country . . . irresistibly suspenseful and canny. -- Joyce Carol Oates
A kaleidoscopic examination of race and privilege, family and self, told with the propulsive, kinetic focus of a crime thriller . . . I simply couldn’t stop reading. -- Chang-Rae Lee
Saint X is more than the story of a missing girl. It’s a story about why such stories fascinate us . . . [It] also unpacks timely social and cultural issues — about grief, truth, white privilege and our murder-as-entertainment culture. Washington Post
Saint X is captivating right from the jump. Entertainment Weekly
-- Vogue US, 'The 22 Best Books To Read This Winter'

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About the Author

Alexis Schaitkin's short stories and essays have appeared in many literary journals and newspapers. Her fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and her essays have been notable mentions in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with her husband and son.

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Product Details

Publisher
Pan Macmillan | Picador
Published
26th May 2022
Pages
352
ISBN
9781529074857

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