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"An understated, intelligent, and wonderfully evocative tale Hart's compulsively readable novel offers the pleasures of exquisite writing and multi-layered characters." Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
A remarkable novel of startling psychological power, The Reconstructionist, Josephine Hart's fifth novel, explores the reckless quality of exclusive love, the damage done in families, and the way we build our lives from the fragments of memory, half-truths, compromise and desire. A brilliant and incisive fiction, this is Josephine Hart at the top of her form.
Jack Harrington is a psychiatrist, dedicated to others, to the examination of their pasts and the reconstruction of their lives. But he has so absorbed himself in the problems of others that he has not quite come to grips with his own-to the detriment of his marriage and his own unexamined past. When Jack is summoned to Ireland for the sale of his family home, however, the burdens of his family's heritage return in full force. Though he has successfully suppressed the anguish of his past, the present threatens to unravel around him. In the house in Ireland terrible truths emerge about what happened years ago in a family tragedy that left indelible marks on those who survived it. The past may have been reconstructed many times, but the appalling truth has not.
"A highly original and unpredictable psychological drama." Elle
"With masterly detail and perceptive psychological insights, Hart has penned a mesmerizing contemporary Gothic tale." Austin Chronicle
"Compared with Judith Krantz or Jackie Collins, Josephine Hart is caviar indeed." Carolyn See, Washington Post
Born in Ireland and living in London, Josephine Hart is the author of the bestseller Damage (filmed with Juliette Binoche and Jeremy Irons), and the novels Sin, Oblivion, and The Stillest Day. Her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages.