“A briskly paced page-turner . . . Dunmore’s rich writingby turns muscular and poeticmakes With Your Crooked Heart impossible to put down.”The Washington Post
With Your Crooked Heart
978-0-8021-3770-8 • $12.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2001
Best-selling British author Helen Dunmore—novelist, poet,
and first-ever winner of the Orange Prize for the year’s best fiction by a
woman—delivers a dark, twisting tale of betrayal and fierce love.
In diamond-sharp, sensuous prose, With Your Crooked Heart introduces Louise,a tough-minded and beautiful Londoner trapped in a battle between
two brothers. Paul and Johnnie were born twelve years apart, in a one-bedroom
flat in London’s impoverished East End. Paul claws his way to success by
de-veloping contaminated land; self-destructive Johnnie deals in crime.
Outsiders find the brothers seductive, not realizing that their extraordinary
sibling bond burns those who get too close. When unsuspecting Louise marries
Paul, Johnnie is part of the contract, and their daughter, Anna, is tangled in
it from birth.
Eventually Johnnie’s underground activities force him to
flee the country, and Louise goes with him. Their trip sets in motion
inevitabilities that have smoldered beneaththe surface from the beginning: a dramatic, redemptive chain of events that
devastates every branch of this crooked family tree.
With Your Crooked
Heart’s bold, haunting narrative brilliantly exhibits Dunmore’s “poet’s ear
for language and photographer’s eye for images” (Newsday) and confirms The
Guardian’s claim that Dunmore is “an electrifying and original talent.”