Book Buzz: The Harpy by Megan Hunter

“A beautifully written, viscerally disturbing novel that turns the narrative of the cheated-on wife on its head.” Laura Kaye



Lucy and Jake live in a house by a field where the sun burns like a ball of fire. Lucy has set her career aside in order to devote her life to the children, to their finely tuned routine, and to the house itself, which comforts her like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message: his wife has been having an affair with Lucy’s husband, Jake.


The revelation marks a turning point: Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but make a special arrangement designed to even the score and save their marriage―she will hurt him three times.


As the couple submits to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation of both mind and body from which there is no return.

“The Harpy is brilliant. Hunter imbues the everyday with apocalyptic unease. A deeply unsettling, excellent read.
Daisy Johnson

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

194 Pages

ISBN 9780802148162


Megan Hunter’s first novel, The End We Start From, was published in 2017 in the UK, US, and Canada and has been translated into eight languages. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Books Are My Bag Awards, longlisted for the Aspen Words Prize, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Awards finalist, and won the Foreword Reviews Editor’s Choice Award. Her poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in The White Review, the TLS, Literary Hub, BOMB Magazine, and elsewhere. Her second novel, The Harpy, will be published in 2020.


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