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<b><b>For fans of Anne Rice, <i>The Historian, </i>and<i> The Night Circus, </i>an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London</b><br></b> <b> </b><br>1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters: a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling “Doctor Knife.” But the answer to her brother’s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England.<br> <br> In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying. <i>The Quick</i> will establish her as one of fiction’s most dazzling talents.<br> <br><b>Praise for <i>The Quick</i><br></b><br>“Reading the blurbs on the dust jacket of Lauren Owen’s first novel—from such luminaries as Kate Atkinson, Hilary Mantel, and Tana French—readers might think they’re about to embark on a high-handed version of the Gothic novel, full of metafictions and literary allusions. These do appear, along with some beautiful language, but by Page 100, when the first neck is about to be bitten, <i>The Quick</i> drops its cloak and becomes a good old-fashioned vampire novel. . . . [It’s full of] wonderful inventions, while still providing the torn collars and hungry looks the genre demands. . . . What fun.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i> (Editor’s Choice)</b><br> <br> “Forget Jack the Ripper—it’s the curiously pale aristocratic types you need to beware of in this supernatural Gothic nightmare. . . . Owen’s stylishly sinister world of betrayal and Lovecraftian monsters will have you sleeping with the lights on.”<b>—<i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br> <br> “The first quarter of this debut novel is a lovely, poetic tale. . . . The last half is entirely bonkers and totally unexpected. Read it with the lights on.”—<b><i>The New Republic</i></b><br> <b><i> </i></b><br> “[A] creepy debut . . . a thrilling tale . . . This book will give you chills even on a hot day.”<b>—Minneapolis <i>Star Tribune</i></b><br> <i> </i><br> “The book’s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the ‘unputdownable’ novel.”<b>—<i>The Economist</i></b><br> <br> “Lauren Owen is an impressive storyteller and with this ambitious debut, the literary world will soon take notice. Part gothic mystery, part Victorian romance, <i>The Quick</i> is a novel where the glamorous and the macabre collide. . . . With suspenseful rhythm and illustrious prose, Owen succeeds at crafting a fresh, enchanting portrait of Victorian London wrapped around an irresistible mystery that is at once beautiful and terrifying.”<b>—<i>Bustle<br></i></b><br>“Seductive . . . extraordinarily polished . . . a book for readers to lose themselves in.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review)</b><br> <b> </b><br> “A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist.”<b>—Kate Atkinson, bestselling author of <i>Life After Life </i>and<i> Case Histories</i></b>