By Patricia Highsmith
Following the nationwide bestseller Selected Stories, this autumn brings the republication of a gripping Highsmith classic.
In This candy Sickness, David Kelsey has an unyielding conviction that existence will end up very well for him; he simply has to mend the location: he's in love with a married lady. enthusiastic about Annabelle and the existence he has imagined for them, David prepares to win her over, no matter what it takes.
The protagonist of This candy Sickness is David Kelsey, an excellent younger chemist residing in a boarding residence within the (fictional) big apple country city of Froudsburg. each weekend David leaves Froudsburg to spend time along with his sick mom in a nursing domestic – or at the very least that's what he tells his few acquaintances and the opposite citizens of the boarding condo.
In truth David's mom has been useless for years, and David spends his weekends at a home upstate, got lower than the identify of William Neumeister, and adorned in what David imagines is a way in order to attract his one real love, Annabelle. hassle is, Annabelle dumped David in favour of one other guy – a flip of occasions David refers to as "the Situation" – and David has develop into dangerously obsessed via her – an obsession which drives him to ever extra twisted extremes...
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