Melmoth (Compact Disc)

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By Sarah Perry, Jan Cramer (Read by)
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Staff Reviews

 Sink into this story and stay a while. Helen Franklin wants to live a quiet life—a life where she is plain, and overlooked, and forgotten. But when her few acquaintances become entranced by Melmoth, the legendary woman doomed to forever walk the earth, she is dragged unwillingly into the mystery, her own secrets forced into the spotlight. An enthralling, painfully relevant narrative matched by clever, lyrical prose makes MELMOTH a must-read for those who love literary historical fiction. 

— Nicole

November 2018 Indie Next List

Melmoth is evocative and atmospheric, the perfect book for a chilly night and the turning of the seasons. Through diaries, letters, and narration, we are introduced to the legendary Melmoth, who is cursed to wander the world alone and watch humans destroy themselves over and over. This quintessential gothic tale is set against the vivid backdrop of winter in Prague and populated by fully realized supporting characters and a protagonist with a hell of a secret. Melmoth, eternal witness to humanity at both its most banal and its most depraved, will haunt me.”
— Chelsea Bauer, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN


For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history's darkest waters--and now, in Sarah Perry's breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts--or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982553623
ISBN-10: 1982553626
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Language: English