Haunting illustrations and lyrical prose depict a timeless saga of love, revenge, and ultimately, transcendence in a tale of three very different sisters: one who is beautiful, one who is smart, and one who is talented.
Before she wrote The Time Traveler's Wife, now a bestseller all around the world, Audrey Niffenegger's books were beautiful, handmade, exquisitely illustrated tales, published in editions as small as ten copies. They took many years to create, were bought by collectors and have been seen by few people. At last, as part of its acclaimed and very successful list of graphic books, Cape is delighted to publish The Three Incestuous Sisters in a beautiful edition at an affordable price. It is the story of three sisters, Clothilde, Ophile and Bettine, who live together in a lonely house by the sea. All three are rivals for the love of Paris, the lighthouse-keeper's son. When Paris chooses Bettine, and she becomes pregnant, the other sisters are jealous. Eventually, after the baby is born, they cause Bettine's death. Paris runs away to sea and Ophile, overwhelmed by remorse, throws herself from the lighthouse. Clothilde lives on in the house, sad and alone. Then one day a circus comes to town. In it is an amazing flying boy. She recognizes him as Bettine's child...
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a professor at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, where she teaches writing, letterpress printing and fine edition book production. The Three Incestuous Sisters was originally published in an edition of ten copies in 1998, having taken thirteen years to create. Audrey Niffenegger's first novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, was published in 2003 and was a bestseller around the world. A film, starring Brad Pitt, will go into production very shortly.
"Haunting illustrations and sparse yet lyrical prose...a poignant and innovative addition to the picture-book field." -- Lucy Davies Daily Telegraph
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