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Publisher Comments:

Stephen King meets Muriel Spark in Hilary Mantel's first novel.

Evelyn Axona — medium by trade — and her half-wit daughter Muriel have become a social problem. Barricaded in their once-respectable house, they live amid festering rubbish, unhealthy smells — and secrets. They completely baffle Isabel Field, the social worker assigned to help them. But Isabel is only the most recent in a long line of people that find the Axons impossible. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own problems: a married lover, Colin. He is a history teacher to unresponsive children and father to a passel of his own horrible kids. With all this to worry about, how can Isabel even begin to understand what is going on in the Axon household? When Evelyn finally moves to defend Muriel, and Muriel, in turn, acts to protect herself, the results are by turns hilarious and terrifying.

Review:

"Mantel proves that even early on she was an excellent prose stylist and storyteller, expert at threading quirky characterization with black humor and a somewhat macabre imagination." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A terrific book." Fay Weldon

Review:

"Hysterical, the dialogue is spot-on....Muriel and her ma are cunning creations." Margaret Foster

Review:

"Mantel continually produces novels that chart fresh terrain and derive from a wellspring of creative imagination." Library Journal

Review:

"A black comedy of such spite that its mordancy could be surpassed only by a sequel. It would be hard to overemphasize the mean pleasure to be found." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Readers] will surely be seduced by her sharp humor...and her nail?biting narration in which ambiguous political and religious concerns are wrapped in the brisk plotting of a suspense thriller, a la Graham Greene or Brian Moore." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL

Evelyn Axona is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again--how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

Synopsis:

By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL

Evelyn Axon is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again--how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

About the Author

Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, seven of which are available in paperback from Henry Holt. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she lives in England. Ms. Mantel reviews for The New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805062724
Author:
Mantel, Hilary
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Women social workers
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owl Book ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 240 pages Owl Books (NY) - English 9780805062724 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mantel proves that even early on she was an excellent prose stylist and storyteller, expert at threading quirky characterization with black humor and a somewhat macabre imagination." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A terrific book."
"Review" by , "Hysterical, the dialogue is spot-on....Muriel and her ma are cunning creations."
"Review" by , "Mantel continually produces novels that chart fresh terrain and derive from a wellspring of creative imagination."
"Review" by , "A black comedy of such spite that its mordancy could be surpassed only by a sequel. It would be hard to overemphasize the mean pleasure to be found."
"Review" by , "[Readers] will surely be seduced by her sharp humor...and her nail?biting narration in which ambiguous political and religious concerns are wrapped in the brisk plotting of a suspense thriller, a la Graham Greene or Brian Moore."
"Synopsis" by ,
By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL

Evelyn Axona is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again--how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

"Synopsis" by ,
By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL

Evelyn Axon is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again--how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

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