The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood

By Benjamin Wood

The mesmerisingnew novel from the acclaimed writer of The Bellwether Revivals: a wealthy and immersive tale of affection, obsession, creativity and disintegration.

On a forestedisland off the coast of Istanbul stands Portmantle, a gated shelter for beleaguered artists. There, a curious meeting of painters, architects, writers and musicians attempt to revive their light talents.

Elspeth 'Knell' Conroy is a celebrated painter who has misplaced religion in her abilityand fled the dizzying paintings scene of Nineteen Sixties London. at the island, she spends her nights locked in her blacked-out studio, trying out an odd new pigment for her elusive masterpiece.

But whilst a disaffected teen named Fullerton arrives on the safe haven, he disrupts its confirmed exercises. he's suffering from a ordinary nightmare that steers him into risk, and Knell is left to select aside the chilling mystery.

Where did the boy come from, what's 'The Ecliptic', and the way does itrelate to their deserted lives in England?

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The Ecliptic

The mesmerisingnew novel from the acclaimed writer of The Bellwether Revivals: a wealthy and immersive tale of affection, obsession, creativity and disintegration.

On a forestedisland off the coast of Istanbul stands Portmantle, a gated safe haven for beleaguered artists. There, a curious meeting of painters, architects, writers and musicians try to revive their pale talents.

Elspeth 'Knell' Conroy is a celebrated painter who has misplaced religion in her abilityand fled the dizzying paintings scene of Sixties London. at the island, she spends her nights locked in her blacked-out studio, trying out an odd new pigment for her elusive masterpiece.

But whilst a disaffected youngster named Fullerton arrives on the safe haven, he disrupts its verified exercises. he's stricken by a habitual nightmare that steers him into hazard, and Knell is left to select aside the chilling mystery.

Where did the boy come from, what's 'The Ecliptic', and the way does itrelate to their deserted lives in England?

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I’ll have to move his hand to get at it. Luke churns a bit in his sleep. I scooch down beside him, doing my best to clear away enough room on the floor and be quiet at the same time. His snoring has caused his T-shirt to draw up and expose about an inch and a half of hairy belly. The blub stares me in the face, as does one bright, cherry-red nipple peeping through a dryer-eaten hole. If only his kitchen appliance—buying customers knew what he wears under all that Sears polyester. I reach out for his wrist and he lets out a cartoon-like snore, flops his head to the other side.

I wonder if she can even see straight. “Harder,” I demand. ” It takes her a few times to actually make me bleed. And when she finally does, it’s a pretty decent line, about an inch and a half. It doesn’t even hurt, just feels like I scratched myself on something sharp. I guess I can’t expect too much from a thumb-sucking eleven-year-old. The blood fills the slit and I wait to see if it’ll drip. I move my arm a bit to guide a trickle, but it just stays put. I’m tempted to squeeze it, but when I glance up at Sadie, she looks like she’s gonna hurl.

I take a deep breath to calm myself down, trying to piece together what’s really going on here. I mean, there’s a good chance that Kelly won’t even care. Maybe she won’t even find out. And even if she does, I can just say Sean looked like he was gonna pass out from the heat. I guess he sort of does. ” He twiddles with the strap of his belt for several moments. ” His hand is on the zipper of his long khaki shorts. I grab the raft for security and begin paddling in a circle. But before I know it, I’m facing him again.

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