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Cursed Bread

By Sophie Mackintosh
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WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION NOMINEE • Best Book of the Month: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Book Riot, CrimeReads • An elegant and hypnotic new novel of obsession that centers on the real unsolved mystery of the 1951 mass poisoning of a French village, by the Booker Prize–nominated author of The Water Cure

"Intoxicating, sumptuous, and savage.”—Alexandra Kleeman, acclaimed author of Something New Under the Sun


Still reeling in the aftermath of the deadliest war the world had ever seen, the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit collectively lost its mind. Some historians believe the mysterious illness and violent hallucinations were caused by spoiled bread; others claim it was the result of covert government testing on the local population.

In that town lived a woman named Elodie. She was the baker’s wife: a plain, unremarkable person who yearned to transcend her dull existence. So when a charismatic new couple arrived in town, the forceful ambassador and his sharp-toothed wife, Violet, Elodie was quickly drawn into their orbit. Thus began a dangerous game of cat and mouse--but who was the predator and on whom did they prey?

Audacious and mesmerizing, Cursed Bread is a fevered confession, an entry into memory’s hall of mirrors, and an erotic fable of transformation. Sophie Mackintosh spins a darkly gleaming tale of a town gripped by hysteria, envy like poison in the blood, and desire that burns and consumes.

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175 Reviews

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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“So dark, so sexy, so unhinged”
Beautifully writtenDark settingRealistic settingDarkSelf-harmViolence
Thinking Face“This was either a masterpiece I didn’t quite comprehend or a lot of pretentious ramblings. I really don’t know which is true, so I’ll give it a safe 3 🌟”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writing
Expressionless Face“girl what the FUCK are we talking about. I read this cos it was quick and i was intrigued in the start but the ending was super predictable.. really? A “mysterious vial” and police reports? Come on now!!!”
Descriptive writingTwistyDark settingAbusePredictable

About Sophie Mackintosh

SOPHIE MACKINTOSH is the author of Blue Ticket and The Water Cure, which won the 2019 Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. In 2016 she won the White Review Short Story Prize and the Virago/Stylist short story competition. She has been published in The New York Times, Elle, and Granta, among others.

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