Possession (Vintage International) (Paperback)
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Get in the car, nerds, we’re reading about British academics scouring the archives for a century-old love story. If that sounds about your speed, please enjoy AS Byatt’s Possession, a gorgeous literary romance that takes its time but is well-worth the journey. I’ve loved this book more and more with each reread.— Lindsay
Winner of England’s Booker Prize and a literary sensation, Possession traces the lives of a pair of young academics as they uncover a clandestine relationship between two long-dead Victorian poets. As they unearth their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire—from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany—what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.
“What a book! This is a novel for every taste.... An altogether magical performance.” —The Washington Post Book World
“A masterpiece of wordplay and adventure, a novel that compares with Stendhal and Joyce.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A genuine winner ... original and unforgettable.” —Time
“The most dazzling novel of the year.” —USA Today