The Seventh Mansion

A Novel by Maryse Meijer

  • Published: Oct 06, 2020

From the author of the story collections Heartbreaker and Rag comes a powerful and propulsive debut novel that examines activism, love, and purpose When fifteen-year-old Xie moves from California to a rural Southern town to live with his father he makes... read more

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Details of The Seventh Mansion

Exact title of the book
The Seventh Mansion
Book author
Maryse Meijer
ISBN
9780374719012
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Sep 08, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
192
File size (in PDF)
1728 kB

Some brief overview of book

From the author of the story collections Heartbreaker and Rag comes a powerful and propulsive debut novel that examines activism, love, and purpose When fifteen-year-old Xie moves from California to a rural Southern town to live with his father he makes just two friends, Jo and Leni, both budding environmental and animal activists. One night, the three friends decide to free captive mink from a local farm. But when Xie is the only one caught his small world gets smaller Kicked out of high school, he becomes increasingly connected with nature, spending his time in the birch woods behind his house, attending extremist activist meetings, and serving as a custodian for what others ignore, abuse, and discard.

Exploring the woods alone one night, Xie discovers the relic of a Catholic saintthe martyred Pancratiusin a nearby church. Regal and dressed in ornate armor, the skeleton captivates him. After weeks of visits, Xie steals the skeleton, hides it in his attic bedroom, and develops a complex and passionate relationship with the bones and spirit of the saint, whom he calls P.

As Xies relationship deepens with P., so too does his relationship with the woodsprivate property that will soon be overrun with loggers. As Xie enacts a plan to save his beloved woods, he must also find a way to balance his conflictingand increasingly extremeideals of purity, sacrifice, and responsibility in order to live in this world. Maryse Meijer's The Seventh Mansion is a deeply moving and profoundly original debut novelboth an urgent literary call to arms and an unforgettable coming-of-age story about finding love and selfhood in the face of mass extinction and environmental destruction.

About author

Meijer is the author of the story collections Heartbreaker, which was one of Electric Literatures 25 Best Short Story Collections of 2016, and Rag, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors Pick and a finalist for the Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, as well as the novella Northwood. She lives in Chicago.

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