Satan tempts mortal man and woman in Fay Weldon’s witty and wildly inventive riff on Doctor Faustus
Selling one’s soul to the devil takes on new meaning in this fiendishly clever page-turner by Fay Weldon. Once upon a time, in the dullest town imaginable, there lived three girls: Laura, the pretty one; Annie, the one desperate to escape; and Carmen, the one who catches the devil’s eye. She’s sixteen when Bernard Bellamy spies her from the back seat of his big, black BMW. He’s just made a bargain with Mephistopheles himself: his mortal soul in exchange for the fulfillment of his desires. And he wants Carmen to be his wife. As time passes, inexplicable things happen to Carmen, Laura, and Annie. But Carmen is determined to hang on to her soul, no matter what obstacles—and temptations—are erected in her path. Will she succumb? Only the devil knows . . .
“Glorious entertainment.” —Women’s Journal “Catches its reader up in a gale of good spirits and devilment that keeps on blowing from beginning to end.” —The Observer “A complex, ambitious and heretical book . . . fecund, capricious, surprising and odd.” —New Statesman “A typically Weldonesque tale of cleverness, with tongue-in-cheek asides.” —Good Housekeeping
Novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Fay Weldon was born in England, brought up in New Zealand, and returned to the United Kingdom when she was fifteen. She studied economics and psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She worked briefly for the Foreign Office in London, then as a journalist, and then as an advertising copywriter. She later gave up her career in advertising, and began to write fulltime. Her first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke, was published in 1967. She was chair of the judges for the Booker Prize for fiction in 1983, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews in 1990. In 2001, she was named a Commander of the British Empire. Weldon’s work includes more than twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children’s books, nonfiction books, magazine articles, and a number of plays written for television, radio, and the stage, including the pilot episode for the television series Upstairs Downstairs. She-Devil, the film adaption of her 1983 novel The Life and Loves of a She Devil, starred Meryl Streep in a Golden Globe–winning role.