Martha Peake: A Novel of the American Revolution

By Patrick McGrath
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12.65 Hours 07/01/2005 unabridged
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When Ambrose Tree is summoned by his ancient uncle to the brooding mansion Drogo Hall, he suspects it’s to hear the old man’s dying words and then collect a sizable inheritance. He has no idea he is about to learn the bizarre story of Harry Peake, Cornish smuggler turned poet who became a monster capable of the most horrifying acts. Or that he’s about to become psychologically enmeshed in the riveting life of Harry’s daughter, Martha, who flees her father for colonial America where she becomes a heroic figure in the revolution against England. Or that he himself has a crucial role to play in this mesmerizing tale as it rushes headlong and hauntingly toward its powerful climax. Martha Peake is a spellbinding alloy of Gothic mystery and historical romance.

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Summary

Summary

When Ambrose Tree is summoned by his ancient uncle to the brooding mansion Drogo Hall, he suspects it’s to hear the old man’s dying words and then collect a sizable inheritance. He has no idea he is about to learn the bizarre story of Harry Peake, Cornish smuggler turned poet who became a monster capable of the most horrifying acts. Or that he’s about to become psychologically enmeshed in the riveting life of Harry’s daughter, Martha, who flees her father for colonial America where she becomes a heroic figure in the revolution against England. Or that he himself has a crucial role to play in this mesmerizing tale as it rushes headlong and hauntingly toward its powerful climax. Martha Peake is a spellbinding alloy of Gothic mystery and historical romance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable passages of sustained dramatic and atmospheric writing…Rare qualities of power and urgency.” New York Times
“McGrath demonstrates his trademark ability to probe the layers of the human psyche.” San Francisco Chronicle
“McGrath takes a big risk, but the result is an invigorating take on the Revolution, just the tonic for even the most jaded reader during this election season.” Publishers Weekly
“Fans of the gothic genre won’t be disappointed by McGrath’s latest novel, which features gloomy manors, tormented souls, and a persecuted heroine… Peake’s tale will consume readers.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath is the author of Asylum, Port Mungo, Blood and Water and Other Stories, The Grotesque, Spider, and other books, and he was the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in New York City and London and is married to actress Maria Aitken.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.65
Audience: Adult
Edition: English