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Cursed bread : a novel

Mackintosh, Sophie (author.).

Summary: "From the Man Booker-nominated author of The Water Cure comes an elegant and hypnotic new novel of obsession that centers on the real unsolved mystery of the 1951 mass poisoning of a French village. Still reeling in the aftermath of the deadliest war the world had ever seen, the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit lost its mind. Some historians believe the mysterious illness and violent hallucinations were caused by spoiled bread; others claim it was the result of covert government testing on the local population. In that town lived a woman named Elodie. She was the baker's wife: a plain, unremarkable person who yearned to transcend her dull existence. So when a charismatic new couple arrived in town, the forceful ambassador and his sharp-toothed wife, Violet, Elodie was quickly drawn into their orbit. Thus began a dangerous game of cat and mouse--but who was the predator and on whom did they prey? Audacious and mesmerising, Cursed Bread is a fevered confession, an entry into memory's hall of mirrors, a fable of obsession and transformation. Sophie Mackintosh spins a darkly gleaming tale of a town gripped by hysteria, envy like poison in the blood, and desire that burns and consumes"--

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  • ISBN: 9780385548311
  • ISBN: 0385548303
  • ISBN: 9780385548304
  • Physical Description: 190 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, an division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2023]
Subject: Poisoning Fiction
Hallucinations and illusions Fiction
Bakers Fiction
Small cities Fiction
France History 20th century Fiction
Pont-Saint-Esprit (France) Fiction
Genre: Romans.
Historical fiction.
Fictional Work
Historical fiction.

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