Bellman & Black : a novel

by Setterfield, Diane,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Northland Public Library Fiction FIC SETTERFIELD
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC SETTERFIELD
 
 
Summary
#1 New York Times bestselling author

"An astonishing work of genius." -- Bookreporter
"Magically transformative." -- Bookpage

Can one moment in time haunt you forever?
From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a "poetic and mysterious" ( Booklist ) story that will haunt you to your very core.

Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don't forget...

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William's life, his fortunes begin to turn--and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This poetic and mysterious novel by the author of The Thirteenth Tale (2006) tells of William Bellman, who we first meet as a boy out with his friends in the English countryside. William impresses his companions by killing a rook with his slingshot, and as the years go by, he continues to impress. A winning young man with a knack for business, he rises to the top of a local mill, marries and has four bright children, and expects all of his days to be equally blessed. Then disease comes to his town. It takes his wife and three of his children, and, in desperation, William makes a deal with a black-coated stranger. His eldest daughter is spared, but William is unable to face reminders of his happy past. He pours himself into industry, moving to London and opening Bellman & Black. As the years fly by, William becomes a kind of Ebenezer Scrooge, obsessed with work and haunted by the appearance of crows, and Setterfield is our Dickensian conscience, reminding us of what coins can and cannot buy.--Weber, Lynn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Cruelty -- Fiction.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Fiction.
Partnership -- Fiction.
Nineteenth century -- Fiction.
Ghost stories.
Gothic fiction (Literary genre)
Historical fiction.
English fiction -- 21st century.
Gothic fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2014
Edition First Emily Bestler books/Washington Square Press trade paperback edition June 2014.
Other Titles Bellman and Black
Language English
Description 328 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781476711997
1476711992
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