Generation Loss (Paperback)

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Generation Loss is a gritty, patient thriller that invests as much in character and setting as it does in plot. You might not like Cass Neary, but you'll want to follow her on her strange excursion to a wintry island off the coast of Maine -- an excursion that becomes, quite unexpectedly, a mystery revealing unspeakable horrors. Reading this, I felt so cold . . .

— Morgan


Cass Neary made her name in the seventies as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame.

Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine. When she arrives Down East, Cass stumbles across a decades-old mystery that is still claiming victims, and she finds one final shot at redemption.
Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith in this mesmerizing literary thriller.

About the Author

ELIZABETH HAND, a New York Times notable and multiple-award-winning author, has written eight novels, including the cult classic Waking the Moon, and several short-story collections. She is a longtime contributor to numerous publications, including the Washington Post Book World and the Village Voice Literary Supplement. She and her two children divide their time between the coast of Maine and North London.

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"Although Generation Loss moves like a thriller, it detonates with greater resound. It's a dark and beautiful novel."—The Washington Post Book Review

"Intense and atmospheric, Generation Loss is an inventive brew of postpunk attitude and dark mystery. Elizabeth Hand writes with craftsmanship and passion."—George Pelecanos
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156031349
ISBN-10: 0156031345
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 14th, 2008
Pages: 300
Language: English