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Blood Kin

(2007)
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A president has been overthrown by a military coup in a nameless country in an unspecified era. The president's barber, chef, and portraitist are imprisoned, with many others, in a remote palace in the hills high above the city center. Before the coup, these three men worked with unquestioning loyalty, serving the president in seemingly benign jobs. Now, forced to serve the country's new leader, they begin to reconsider their role in the old regime.

In simple, elegant prose Blood Kin alternates between the voices of the barber, the chef, and the portraitist. Later in the book their wives, lovers, and daughters tell their own tales. As the old order falls, so does the veil that hides the truth about these men and women's secret passions. No one, it seems, is entirely immune to the many temptations of power.

Ceridwen Dovey's debut is a welcome addition to the important tradition of allegorical writing about political upheaval and personal guilt. Her clever, magnetic story will resonate with fans of J. M. Coetzee, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Gabriel García Márquez.

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February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Blood Kin: A Novel
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
ISBN: 0-670-01856-2 / 978-0-670-01856-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
ISBN: 0-14-311482-4 / 978-0-14-311482-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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May 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
ISBN: 1-84354-658-2 / 978-1-84354-658-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
ISBN: 1-84354-657-4 / 978-1-84354-657-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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July 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
ISBN: 0-14-302530-9 / 978-0-14-302530-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
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December 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
Publisher: Recorded Books
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Blood Kin
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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February 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Blood Kin: A Novel
Author(s): Ceridwen Dovey
Publisher: Penguin Books
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