Out on 11 June 2020

The Harpy

Megan Hunter

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11 June 2020
360 minutes

From the acclaimed author of The End We Start From, The Harpy is a fierce tale of love, betrayal and revenge.

Lucy and Jake live in a house by a field where the sun burns like a ball of fire. Lucy works from home but devotes her life to the children, to their finely tuned routine, and to the house itself, which comforts her like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message: his wife has been having an affair with Lucy’s husband, he wants her to know.

The revelation marks a turning point: Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but in a special arrangement designed to even the score and save their marriage, she will hurt him three times. Jake will not know when the hurt is coming, nor what form it will take.

As the couple submit to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation of both mind and body from which there is no return.

Told in dazzling, musical prose, The Harpy by Megan Hunter is a dark, staggering fairy tale, at once mythical and otherworldly and fiercely contemporary. It is a novel of love, marriage and its failures, of power and revenge, of metamorphosis and renewal.

Engrossing, compelling

Naomi Alderman, author of The Power on The End We Start From

I was moved, terrified, uplifted – sometimes all three at once

Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring on The End We Start From

Startling . . . beautiful and insightful. Everyone who reads this will come away feeling renewed

Elle Magazine on The End We Start From