Have you ever wondered what would happen if you married a stranger on a whim? That?s what Cleo, a young British painter, does when she meets Frank, a successful advertising executive, in New York. But their impulsive decision will have unexpected consequences for them and their friends and family.
Cleopatra and Frankenstein is the debut novel by Coco Mellors, a writer from London and New York. It?s a witty, poignant, and addictive story that explores the shock waves caused by one couple?s unconventional marriage. It?s also a portrait of contemporary life in the sleepless city, where creativity, privilege, and diversity collide.
The novel follows Cleo and Frank as they navigate the joys and challenges of their relationship, as well as their own personal struggles with mental health and addiction. It also introduces an unforgettable cast of characters who are connected to them in different ways: Cleo?s best friend who is coming to terms with his gender identity, Frank?s sister who is looking for love and money online, Cleo?s ex-boyfriend who is obsessed with her, Frank?s colleague who is secretly in love with him, and many more.
Each chapter is told from a different perspective and spans several years, creating a rich and complex mosaic of lives that intersect and diverge. The novel is full of humor, heartbreak, romance, and drama, as well as insights into art, culture, and identity. It?s a book that will make you laugh, cry, think, and feel.
Cleopatra and Frankenstein is a stunning debut by a talented new voice in fiction. It?s a book for readers who love Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, and Normal People by Sally Rooney. It?s a book that will captivate you from the first page to the last.