Mrs. S (Paperback)

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This book is *hot*!!! Deeply moving, strikingly sensual, told in hot, taut prose, and yes, I wept. Really beautiful meditations on what it means to inhabit queer desire fully and the ways in which we're transformed by queer love and pleasure. Mrs S has continued to stick with me long after I've finished it. I can't recommend this one enough. — From Mira's big long ever-growing list of all-time favorites, fun ones, and highly recommended reads

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Mrs. S is a delicious little seduction: a story of obsession, desire, and displacement; a hazy seaside heat mirage; a funhouse mirror version of Bergman’s Persona and one of the most astute, beguiling books about want I’ve ever read.”
— Camden Avery, The Booksmith (CA), San Francisco, CA


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A sublime and sensual debut novel exploring the nature of queer love and attraction, the transformative power of desire, and the dissonance between self and place, by White Review Fiction Prize shortlisted writer K Patrick

In an elite English boarding school where the girls kiss the marble statue of the famous dead author who used to walk the halls, a butch antipodean outsider arrives to take up the antiquated role of "matron." Within this landscape of immense privilege, where difference is met with hostility, the matron finds herself unsure of her role, her accent and her body.

That is until she meets Mrs. S, the headmaster's wife, a woman who is her polar opposite--an assured, authoritative paragon of femininity. Over the course of a long, restless summer, their unspoken yearning blooms into an illicit affair of electric intensity. But, as the summer fades, a choice must be made.

Seductive, stylish, and disarmingly wry, K Patrick's bold and revelatory debut smolders with the heat of summer as it explores the queer experience and the force of forbidden love.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609458409
ISBN-10: 1609458400
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: June 20th, 2023
Pages: 240
Language: English