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Come Closer

by Sara Gran

Soho Press | May 31, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that''s replaced by obscene insults. Amanda-a successful architect in a happy marriage-finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she''s doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.
 
The new voice in Amanda''s head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. A book on demon possession suggests that the figure on the shore could be the demon Naamah, known to scholars of the Kabbalah as the second wife of Adam, who stole into his dreams and tricked him into fathering her child. Whatever the case, as the violence of her erratic behavior increases, Amanda knows that she must act to put her life right, or see it destroyed.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 3.15 × 1.97 × 0.19 in

Published: May 31, 2011

Publisher: Soho Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616951001

ISBN - 13: 9781616951009

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Come Closer

by Sara Gran

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 3.15 × 1.97 × 0.19 in

Published: May 31, 2011

Publisher: Soho Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616951001

ISBN - 13: 9781616951009

About the Book

A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that's replaced by obscene insults. Amanda--a successful architect in a happy marriage--finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she's doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.
The new voice in Amanda's head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. A book on demon possession suggests that the figure on the shore could be the demon Naamah, known to scholars of the Kabbalah as the second wife of Adam, who stole into his dreams and tricked him into fathering her child. Whatever the case, as the violence of her erratic behavior increases, Amanda knows that she must act to put her life right, or see it destroyed.

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1 IN JANUARY I HAD A proposal due to my boss, Leon Fields, on a new project. We were renovating a clothing store in a strip mall outside the city. Nothing tremendous. I finished the proposal on a Friday morning and dropped it on his desk with a cheerful little note—“Let me know what you think!”—while he was in a meeting with a new client in the conference room. Later that morning Leon threw open his office door with a bang. “Amanda!” he called. “Come in here.”   I rushed to his office. He picked up a handful of papers off his desk and stared at me, his flabby face white with anger. “What the hell is this?” “I don’t know.” It looked like my proposal—same heading, same format. My hands shook. I couldn’t imagine what was wrong. Leon handed me the papers and I read the first line: Leon Fields is a cocksucking faggot. “What is this?” I asked Leon. He stared at me. “You tell me. You just dropped it on my desk.” My head spun. “What are you talking about? I put the proposal on your desk, not this, the proposal for the new job.” I sifted through the papers on his desk for the proposal I had dropped off. “What is this, a joke?” “Amanda,” he said. “Three people said they saw you go to the printer, print this out, and bring it to my desk.” I felt like I had stepped into a bad dream. There was no logic, no reason anymore. &l
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A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that''s replaced by obscene insults. Amanda-a successful architect in a happy marriage-finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she''s doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.
 
The new voice in Amanda''s head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. A book on demon possession suggests that the figure on the shore could be the demon Naamah, known to scholars of the Kabbalah as the second wife of Adam, who stole into his dreams and tricked him into fathering her child. Whatever the case, as the violence of her erratic behavior increases, Amanda knows that she must act to put her life right, or see it destroyed.

About the Author

Sara Gran is the author of the novels Saturn''s Return to New York, Dope, and Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, the first in a detective series.  Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and in nearly twice as many magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Sara Gran now lives in California.

Editorial Reviews

“What begins as a sly fable about frustrated desire evolves into a genuinely scary novel about possession and insanity. Hypnotic, disturbing, and written with such unerring confidence you believe every word, Come Closer is one of the most precise and graceful pieces of fiction I''ve read in a long time.” —Bret Easton Ellis   “Ideal for an evening’s reading, with a kick that will stay with the reader for days afterward.” — Dallas Morning News   “Sara Gran has written an intelligent horror story, a literary creepshow that works its magic subtly and well.  It’s a marvel of restraint and taste, and still it worms its way under your skin and stays there.” —Darin Strauss   “Sara Gran’s Come Closer ought to carry a warning to readers.  It’s impossible to begin this intense, clever, beautifully written novel without turning every page.  A wonderful accomplishment.” —Margot Livesey   “I read Come Closer on the train, in a snowstorm, on a cold December night.  It was the right atmosphere for this perfectly noirish tale of madness and love.  Author Sara Gran writes with scalpel-like clarity, expertly blending tones to create a new kind of psychological thriller.  I loved this book.  Days after finishing it, it has not left my mind.” —George Pelecanos   “‘What we think is impossible happens all the time.&
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