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THE FIG EATER



The Fig Eater
Copyright © 2001
by Jody Shields
Back Bay Books
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Fashion writer Shields (All That Glitters; A Stylish History) achieves atmospheric suspense in her compelling first novel, set in 1910 in Freud's Vienna. — Publishers Weekly

While delivering a unique and engrossing story, Shields imparts a wealth of Eastern European gypsy folklore as well as seductive period detail on photography, arcane medical procedures, and prevailing sexual psychology. This is a masterpiece for all suspense collections. — Library Journal

The Fig Eater, a first novel by Jody Shields, takes readers, with mesmerizing clarity, to Vienna in 1911 ... through overlapping perspectives, Ms. Shields flashes dazzling stereopticon slides of a city floating between opposites ... Ms Shields has a powerful gift for poetic and painterly imagery. Her startling scenes, rich in metaphor, linger long in memory." — Wall Street Journal

Shields is an intelligent writer unafraid to take chances, and this is a promising debut; her handling of setting alone justifies purchase. — Booklist

Suspenseful, atmospheric and highly intelligent. — DM Thomas

The layered mystery is revealed slowly, with Shield's evocative prose exploring the crossroad of scientific and superstitious belief..." — Seattle Times

...a genre combo mixed with self-awareness and served up with attitude... — Philadelphia Inquirer

...eerily atmospheric depiction of Vienna...one of those novels whose aura stays with you even after the details of the plot are forgotten... — Denver Post

...Shield's prose is incredibly rich ... filled with a wealth of detail ... rarely loses sight if the plot and delivers a first novel that is stylish and compelling... — Chicago Tribune

...vivid portrait of coffeehouse society...as well as the sinister and sordid underbelly of a seemingly civilized society that's painter by the author... — Denver Rock Mountain News

...magnetic, insinuating itself both through language and through the nebulous shape of its story... — Harper's Bazaar


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