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An Indie Next Pick




A masterful, "seductive" debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell (NYTBR).



Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin—names, dates, details both banal and profound—and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.
When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek, and she is drawn into a family drama that began more than half a century before, when Neil's father, Richard, was abandoned at birth by his mother, a famous expatriate novelist. As secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania, the novel's unforgettable characters converge—by chance, or perhaps by fate—and Magdalena's uncanny ability may be the key to their happiness.
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Adelia Saunders. (2017). Indelible. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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An Indie Next Pick

A masterful, "seductive" debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell (NYTBR).

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin—names, dates, details both banal and profound—and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek, and she is drawn into a family drama that began more than half a century before, when Neil's father, Richard, was abandoned at birth by his mother, a famous expatriate novelist. As secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania, the novel's unforgettable characters converge—by chance,...
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An Indie Next Pick

A masterful, "seductive" debut novel about fate, family secrets, and the stories our bodies tell (NYTBR).

Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin—names, dates, details both banal and profound—and her only relief from the onslaught of information is to take off her glasses and let the world recede. Mercifully, her own skin is blank.

When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek, and she is drawn into a family drama that began more than half a century before, when Neil's father, Richard, was abandoned at birth by his mother, a famous expatriate novelist. As secrets are revealed among forgotten texts in the archives of Paris, on a dusty cattle ranch in the American West, along ancient pilgrim paths, and in a run-down apartment in post-Soviet Lithuania, the novel's unforgettable characters converge—by chance, or perhaps by fate—and Magdalena's uncanny ability may be the key to their happiness.
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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: Seductive . . . Saunders traffics [the characters'] elaborately interlacing trajectories with impressive dexterity.
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: Richly detailed and highly observant . . . Fans of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife will love Saunders' debut, which takes up the mantle of myth, history, and storytelling with beautiful, sure-footed prose.
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: Hypnotically peculiar, exquisitely plotted, and teeming with suspense, Saunders brilliant debut pulls at plot threads as delicate as gossamer silk to get at the truth and the destiny of her flawed, appealing, maddening characters.
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      • source: Shelf Awareness
      • content: Remarkable . . . intriguing . . . extraordinary . . . The interwoven stories of Magdalena, Neil, and their families raise thought-provoking questions of destiny and freewill. Well done, Ms. Saunders!
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      • content: A graceful and elegant novel about love and mystery, loss and melancholy, sorrow and hope. From words written on the skin to the sight of unbearable things, Saunders explores with great nuance the limits of human vision.
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      • source: Largehearted Boy
      • content: Extraordinary. Saunders' debut is grounded in such a solid world of character and place that its uncanny premise seems the most natural way to set right the missed connections of three wounded people.
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      • source: Chicago Review of Books
      • content: A twisty gem of a book. Eloquently written, equal parts brutal and tender, Indelible is haunting in the very best way.
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      • source: Daily Hampshire Gazette
      • content: A tapestry of human fates so vivid and unusual it will leave you wondering madly what words may be written across your own skin.
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      • source: The Durango Herald
      • content: A history, a romance, a fantastic mystery—all of these descriptors could be applied to Indelible, and all of them are true. Transporting, unique, and entirely engrossing, it leaves a beautiful mark.
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        Starred review from January 1, 2017

        Sixtysomething Richard Beart wants to solve the mystery of his dead mother's abandonment of him when he was an infant. He starts his search through French hospital records with only a memory fragment of a red pair of shoes worn by Inga Beart, an international literary sensation whose 1954 act of self-harm horrified the world. In tandem with his own quest, Richard sends his son, Neil, a student in England, on a delivery mission that takes him to Lithuania, France, and Paris. Neil is constantly sidetracked by his own half-recollection of a disturbing moment in his father's teaching career that cost Richard his job. Magdalena, whose mother is the designated recipient of Richard's gifts to be delivered by Neil, literally sees the histories and memories of everyone around her. Word fragments appear all over their bodies whenever she wears her glasses. The lives of Magdalena and the Bearts intersect, separate, and circle ever closer, triggering a hunt across several European countries in search of answers. VERDICT Hypnotically peculiar, exquisitely plotted, and teeming with suspense, Saunders's brilliant debut pulls at plot threads as delicate as gossamer silk to get at the truth and the destiny of her flawed, appealing, maddening characters.--Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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