Invisible Boy

By Cornelia Read (Hardcover Book, 2010)
"Cornelia Read's darkest, most passionate, and most poignant book yet."
-Tana French, New York Times Bestselling Author

The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served, she finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s.

Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $24.99 US/$29.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446511346

    • On Sale Date: 03/30/2010

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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"Cornelia Read's darkest, most passionate, and most poignant book yet."
-Tana French, New York Times Bestselling Author

The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. Determined to see that justice is served, she finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s.

Madeline is aided in her efforts by a colorful assemblage of friends, relatives, and new acquaintances, each one representing a separate strand of the patchwork mosaic city politicians like to brag about. The result is an unforgettable narrative that relates the causes and consequences of a vicious crime to the wider relationships that connect and divide us all.

Cornelia Read grew up in New York, California, and Hawaii. She is a reformed debutante who currently lives in Berkeley. To learn more about the author, you can visit her website at www.corneliaread.com, and www.nakedauthors.com, her group blog with authors Jim Born, Paul Levine, Patty Smiley, and Jacqueline Winspear.
  • On THE CRAZY SCHOOL:
    "How nice it is to hear that rebel voice again." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Madeline's deadpan voice, acid wit and psychological depth are the perfect counterpoint to the novel's positively Gothic plot...She's a great character, and her creator is a great storyteller.  Caustic, gripping and distinctive--intelligent entertainment." (Kirkus Reviews ).

  • "Read's plot crackles and pops." (Booklist (starred review) ).

  • On A FIELD OF DARKNESS:
    "Spellbinding." (The New York Times Book Review ).

  • "Sparks seem to fly off the pages of Cornelia Read's A FIELD OF DARKNESS...powered by a sensational narrator's voice...Read is a big talent." (The Boston Globe ).

  • "Read's novel is fast-paced; once the action starts, don't even think about putting it down." (Library Journal (starred review)).

  • "Read expertly evokes the New York City of the period, from the nearly palpable grime of Chelsea to disturbing undertones of racism and classism in the justice system. Equal parts toughness and vulnerability, Madeline is always a bracing heroine."

  • "Read offers a steady dose of suspense and plenty of clever commentary on the caprices of the upper crust."

  • (Publishers Weekly).

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Invisible Boy
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $24.99 US/$29.99 CAN
  • Pages: 432
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446511346
  • On Sale Date: 03/30/2010
Invisible Boy

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