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  Possession : A Romance "Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university libraries, old letters, and dusty journals. Together with Roland Michell, a fellow academic and accidental sleuth, Maud discovers a love affair between the two Victorian writers the... Read more

  Angels and Insects : Two Novellas In these breathtaking novellas, A.S. Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession: the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion. Angels and Insects is "delicate and confidently... Read more

  The Matisse Stories May, who has a sprightly style and a bright, clipped manner, brings just the right amount of emotion to three subtle and witty stories. A British reader who never overpowers the author's voice, she projects Byatt's irony, humor and rage without spoon-feeding it to us. May easily changes tone for... Read more

  Elementals : Stories of Fire and Ice A.S. Byatt's stories simmer with a sensuality and passion that, like topiary trees in a formal garden, are pruned and trained into cultivated shapes while retaining the wild scent of the orchard. In "Crocodile Tears" a woman walks away from a personal tragedy, deserting those she loves to try to... Read more

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