When we meet Katherine, the winning, and rather disturbing, 23-year-old narrator of A Carnivore's Inquiry, she has just arrived in New York City. She strikes up an affair with a middle-aged Russian emigre novelist she meets on the subway, and almost immediately moves into his apartment. Soon restless, she journeys across the United States and into Mexico, trailed everywhere she goes by a string of murders.As the ritualistic killings pile up, Katherine comforts and inspires herself by meditating on cannibalism in literature, art, and history. She ponders subjects as diverse as the Donner Party, the fall of Dante's Count Ugolino, and the true story behind Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa. As the story races toward its frightening conclusion, Katherine, and the reader, close in on the true reason for her fascination with aberrant, violent behavior.
A shocking and enlightening modern Gothic novel, told in highly intelligent prose, A Carnivore's Inquiry is a sly, unsettling, subtle commentary on 21st century consumerism and the questionable appetites that lurk beneath the veneer of civilization.
"Mesmerizing....More than the story of one deranged woman's obsession, the novel and its brilliant subtext hint at the ways American society devours the weak, while building a case for a blood hunger in human nature." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pursuit of the flesh reaches prickly proportions in this seductive thriller by PEN/Faulkner-winner Murray....Not for the easily queasy, this is a dark meditation on the vagaries that dwell beneath civilization's veneer." (Booklist)
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