Catherine House : a novel

by Thomas, Elisabeth (Novelist),

Format: Print Book 2020
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"[A] delicious literary Gothic debut." -THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, EDITORS' CHOICE

"Moody and evocative as a fever dream, Catherine House is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step." - THE WASHINGTON POST

A Most Anticipated Novel by Entertainment Weekly * New York magazine * Cosmopolitan * The Atlantic * Forbes * Good Housekeeping * Parade * Better Homes and Gardens * HuffPost * Buzzfeed * Newsweek * Harper's Bazaar * Ms. Magazine * Woman's Day * PopSugar * and more!

A gothic-infused debut of literary suspense, set within a secluded, elite university and following a dangerously curious, rebellious undergraduate who uncovers a shocking secret about an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school's promise of prestige.

Trust us, you belong here.

Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world's best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years--summers included--completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises a future of sublime power and prestige, and that its graduates can become anything or anyone they desire.

Among this year's incoming class is Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline--only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. Even the school's enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves within the formidable iron gates of Catherine. For Ines, it is the closest thing to a home she's ever had. But the House's strange protocols soon make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when tragedy strikes, Ines begins to suspect that the school--in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence--might be hiding a dangerous agenda within the secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum.

Combining the haunting sophistication and dusky, atmospheric style of Sarah Waters with the unsettling isolation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Catherine House is a devious, deliciously steamy, and suspenseful page-turner with shocking twists and sharp edges that is sure to leave readers breathless.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Welcome to Catherine House, a very different sort of school. Unlike typical four-year colleges or universities, Catherine House offers students an immersive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Alums of Catherine are uber-famous, uber-rich, and uber-successful, but the inner workings of Catherine House are shrouded in mystery. Nonetheless, there is a cult-like devotion among present and former students. Ines Murillo arrives with no real plan for the future and soon discovers that Catherine House itself will take care of that for her. Cut off from the outside world--no contact with people from her "past life" is allowed, and photos and other media, with few exceptions, are forbidden inside Catherine's walls--Ines is swallowed up by Catherine's odd "syncretic" curriculum, its tea tray deliveries in the morning and formal dinners in the evening, and the constant discussion surrounding Catherine's supernatural scholarly claim to fame. For fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005), Catherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others. At times terrifying, always gorgeously captivating, Thomas' debut is one not to be missed, and perhaps to be revisited frequently."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Thomas's spellbinding debut opens in 1996 on Ines Murillo's first night at a small, highly selective college in the Pennsylvania woods. Drunk after a party, Ines reflects on her relief that behind Catherine House's locked gates, no one knows about her past. Renowned for controversial research regarding a mysterious elemental substance called plasm, the school holds classes year-round, and students remain confined to Catherine's rural estate. Eager to disassociate from a past trauma, Ines falls behind on her work while seeking solace in a string of sexual encounters before finding a group of friends who feel closer to family than anything she's ever known. Still, Ines can't ignore her growing suspicions about the school's plasm experimentation in "psychosexual healing," in which students are subjected to mass hypnosis. Ines's academic probation leads her to forced isolation in the "Restoration Center," where a professor places plasm pins in her head and tells her she'll never think of her past life again. Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas's tale a delirious air, but at the book's core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream. Agent: Kent Wolf, Friedrich Agency. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Universities and colleges -- Fiction.
Privilege (Social psychology) -- Fiction.
Social isolation -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Gothic fiction.
School fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :Custom House,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 311 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0062905651
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