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Port Mungo by Patrick McGrath
Port Mungo is narrated by Gin Rathbone, telling the story of her beloved younger brother, Jack, and his family. As an art student in London, Jack meets the older Vera, a drunken, free-living painter who captivates him and takes him away from Gin. Jack and Vera move to New York, Cuba, and then to the mangrove swamps of Honduras. They have two girls, Jack paints, fancying himself as the next Gauguin, while Vera indulges in alcohol and other men. A tragic accident leaves the older daughter drowned, and the younger daughter is sent back to England to live with rich relatives. A guilt-ridden Jack moves in with Gin in New York City, where years later, the surviving daughter arrives with vengeance on her mind. The secrets of Jack's and Vera's life and the death of their daughter come back to haunt them all. Patrick McGrath returns with a gothic tale of ambition, obsession, sex, and violence. Port Mungo has received mostly positive reviews with The Independent saying, "When I had finished reading Port Mungo, I felt queasy, haunted, polluted, disoriented and defiled by a work of utter brilliance."