Katherine Carlyle is the breakthrough novel for literary novelist Thomson. Philip Pullman has already hailed the book 'a masterpiece.' The story, contemporary, concerns the discovering of one's self; identity and family - in the words of Richard Flanagan: 'this road trip through a snow dome of mesemeric hallucinations is Thomson at his best.'
In the late 80s, Katherine Carlyle is created using IVF. Stored as a frozen embryo for eight years, she is then implanted in her mother and given life. By the age of nineteen Katherine has lost her mother to cancer, and feels her father to be an increasingly distant figure. Instead of going to college, she decides to disappear, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing-ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scene for a courageous leap from false empowerment to true empowerment.
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction