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Briefly, A Delicious Life Nell Stevens

Briefly, A Delicious Life By Nell Stevens

Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens

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When George Sand and Frederic Chopin arrive at a monastery in Mallorca, the resident ghost, Blanca, falls head-over-heels in love with George this striking woman in a mans clothing. But the rest of the village is suspicious, and as winter sets in, their stay looks likely to end in disaster. For fans of How to Be Both by Ali Smith.

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Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens

'A gorgeous, wildly seductive novel, shimmering with intelligence, humour and joy' - Sarah Waters

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

In 1838 Frederic Chopin, George Sand and her children travel to a monastery in Mallorca. They are there to create and to convalesce, to live a simple life after the wildness of their Paris days.

Witness to this tumultuous arrival is Blanca, the ghost of a teenage girl who has been at the monastery for over three hundred years. Blancas was a life cut short and she is outraged. Having lived in a world full, according to her mother, of beautiful men, she has found that in death it is the women she falls for, their beauty she cannot turn away from, and it is the women and girls who, over her centuries in the village and at the monastery, she has sought to protect from the attentions of men with what little power she has. And then George Sand arrives, this beautiful woman in a mans clothes, and Blanca is in love.

But the rest of the village is suspicious of the newcomers, and as winter sets in, as George tries to keep her family and herself from falling apart, as Chopin writes prelude after prelude in despair on his tuneless piano, their stay looks likely to end in disaster . . .

Heady with the delicious scent of the Mediterranean, richly witty, and utterly compulsive, Briefly, A Delicious Life is a story about convention and breaking convention, about love yearning, secret, forbidden, unrequited and about men and women and the cruelty they mete out to one another.

'Exquisite' - New York Times
'Deeply enjoyable' - Telegraph

'Electrifyingly beautiful, exhilaratingly clever . . . sensual, original, intelligent and brimming with love' - Imogen Hermes Gowar

Briefly, A Delicious Life Reviews

A luscious, multi-sensory bewitchment of a book - Stevens writing rings with wit and surprise -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies

I found myself floored by the astonishing freshness of this historical novel . . . A shining work of art, but so deftfully, gracefully done, that it was a struggle to stop myself from turning the pages. Nell Stevens is an original, whose touch is as deft as it is masterful

-- Elizabeth Macneal, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory

Electrifyingly beautiful, exhilaratingly clever . . . categorically the most gorgeous first novel I've read in years. It's rare that I come across historical fiction so sensual, so original, so intelligent, and so brimming with love

-- Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

A haunting, dazzling tale of all the good stuff: love, sex, music, literature, death, and what happens after. Nell Stevens is a beautiful writer.

-- Melissa Broder, author of The Pisces and Milk Fed
Stevens is brilliant at describing desire * Guardian *
Deeply enjoyable, guileful * Telegraph *

A novel of tremulous beauty, sly wit and deep understanding, Briefly, A Delicious Life is an addictive, sunlit delight

-- Stuart Evers, author of The Blind Light

A gorgeous, wildly seductive novel, shimmering with intelligence, humour and joy. I adored this book.

-- Sarah Waters, author of Fingersmith and The Paying Guests
A heady yet poignant story about a queer ghost who falls in love * Vogue *
A luminous, beguiling exploration of creativity and love -- Alice Albinia, author of CWEN

We know we are curious about the dead but imagine a life lived so vibrantly as to make the dead curious about us. Nell Stevens brings a reader into the strange and brilliant artistic exile of George Sand, writing this tender story with tremendous heart and daring. Here, reader, are the low-lying truths of love, art and time

-- Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark
This deeply wild debut follows the unconventional love triangle that unfolds between real-life French novelist George Sand, her lover Frederic Chopin, and the teenage ghost who died over 400 years earlier and pines after George from afar. * Cosmopolitan, Best Summer Reads 2022 *
This delightfully weird story of loss, longing and love just begs to fill a rainy afternoon. * Good Housekeeping (USA) *
Stevens prose is by turns languid and visceral . . . An entrancing and singular exploration of a fascinating historical footnote and a queer life after death. -- Kirkus (starred review)
Stevens' writing is beautiful and evocative of the Majorcan landscape as she slowly develops the arc of Sand and Chopin's affair and elucidates Blanca's life spent in tantalizing anticipation . . . this is a winner with appeal beyond historical fiction readers * Booklist *

About Nell Stevens

Nell Stevens writes memoir and fiction. She is the author of Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell and Me, which won the 2019 Somerset Maugham Award. She was shortlisted for the 2018 BBC National Short Story Award. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Vogue, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Granta, and elsewhere. Nell is an Assistant Professor in creative writing at the University of Warwick. Her debut novel, Briefly, A Delicious Life is published in 2022.

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Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens
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