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Mrs. Gulliver: A Novel (Hardcover)

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From the prize-winning and beloved author Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly, Property, Italian Fever) comes a surprisingly inventive tale of female subversion and agency in a patriarchal world, with two brilliantly crafted protagonists to root for.

It’s 1954 on far-flung Verona Island, a tropical paradise with a fragile economy and a rising crime rate. Prostitution is legal and Lila Gulliver is proud of her business, a high-end brothel where her clients are guaranteed privacy and discretion.  When Carità Bercy, a young, destitute, and beautiful blind woman arrives at her door seeking employment, Lila decides to give her a chance.

Carità proves a valuable asset to the house, as well as a psychological puzzle to her employer.  One hot night, Ian Drohan, a handsome youth and the scion of the wealthiest family on the island, visits Lila’s house and falls madly in love with Carità.  Lila doubts his sincerity and fears for Carità ‘s future.

Carità has no such fears.  In fact, Carità is a reckless force of nature, determined to succeed in ways Lila hasn’t even contemplated. 

Spirits of the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, as well as the devilish denizens of the magical island in The Tempest, haunt this steamy tale of passionate love, found and lost, and found again.

About the Author

VALERIE MARTIN is the author of eleven novels, four collections of short fiction, and a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, titled Salvation. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Kafka Prize (for Mary Reilly) and Britain's Orange Prize (for Property).

Praise For…


"Irresistible—a funny, sexy romp that’s also smart, even wise."
—KIRKUS (Starred Review)

"Captivating...In Mrs. Gulliver, Valerie Martin offers us an idyll, perhaps even a comedy. All’s well that ends well. We hope."
—BOOKPAGE (Starred Review)

“Martin's (I Give It to You, 2020) surprisingly playful latest observes two strong-willed women as they make the best of their initially unfortunate lives… it's a pleasure to get to know both of her intelligent and resourceful heroines.”

"This is an excellent character-written novel. You get invested in their lives, and want to read along and see what happens to them. You will not want to put this one down."


“Few have written so surprisingly, so convincinglyas Valerie Martin about sexual obsessionand the perverse twistings of the human heart.”

“[Martin’s] writing—so prized and clean limbed—is a marvel.”

“An enrapturing and ruthless storyteller,Valerie Martin possesses a predator’s ability to mesmerizeher prey . . . Martin’s tales of betrayal, obsession,connivance, and failure put the firepower back into art.”

“The generosity of Martin’s understanding opens everycharacter to the full, astounding range of human possibility. Her revelations build mesmerizing excitement, a surprisingkindness, and an unexpected sanity in the darkness.”

“Martin’s writing is a reward in itself, a wonderfulprecision-tool. She uses it to chisel at thehuman condition—and the effect is astonishing.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385549950
ISBN-10: 0385549954
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: February 20th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English