Hex: A Novel

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September 1, 2019

A breath­tak­ing and hyp­not­ic nov­el about poi­son, anti­dotes, and obses­sive love

Nell Bar­ber, an expelled PhD can­di­date in bio­log­i­cal sci­ence, is explor­ing the fine line between poi­son and anti­dote, work­ing alone to set a speed record for the detox­i­fi­ca­tion of poi­so­nous plants. Her men­tor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nel­l’s heart. Nell fre­quent­ly finds her­self stand­ing in the door­way to Joan’s office despite her­self, mes­mer­ized by Joan’s ele­gance, suc­cess, and spir­i­tu­al force.

Sur­round­ed by Nel­l’s ex, her best friend, her best friend’s boyfriend, and Joan’s buf­foon­ish hus­band, the two sci­en­tists are tan­gled togeth­er at the cen­ter of a web of illic­it rela­tion­ships, grudges, and obses­sions. All six are bur­dened by desire and ambi­tion, and as they col­lide on the uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus, their attrac­tions set in motion a domi­no effect of affairs and heartbreak.

Mean­while, Nell slow­ly fills her emp­ty apart­ment with poi­so­nous plants to study, and she begins to keep a series of note­books, all ded­i­cat­ed to Joan. She logs her research and how she spends her days, but the note­books ulti­mate­ly become a painstak­ing map of love. In a daz­zling and unfor­get­table voice, Rebec­ca Din­er­stein Knight has writ­ten a spell­bind­ing nov­el of emo­tion­al and intel­lec­tu­al intensity.

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