Sunday, 8 May 2016

EAT THE CAKE AND HAVE IT - JAN MAAT

A hopeless drug addict with a fifteen-year-old mistress hell-bent on destroying him and his family.


SPHERE BOOKS 566928
FIRST PRINTING 1970
LONDON, UK

Set in America, this powerful new novel traces the destruction of the secure and wealthy Dainsby household by their teenage drug-addict son.

The boy is dominated body and soul, by his fifteen-year-old mistress who is bitterly determined to destroy him and his family. When this couple take refuge in the Dainsbys' country house, the tragedy that ensues savagely exposes the failures and errors below the circumspect surface of the family.

"Jan Maat stylizes the violence of American society by writing uín staccato phrases that record the inexorable hopelessness of a family without love or understanding."
-TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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