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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1995. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.

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"A literary tour de force of emotional and linguistic complexity...Atkinson specializes in audacity, which she offers up with irresistible humor and grace." The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

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"By the time you reach the end, you'll want to read this modern mystery/fairy tale again." Seventeen

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"Atkinson's language — sometimes giddy, sometimes understated to accomodate the black comedy, occasionally frankly emotional — is a joy." Valerie Sayers, Commonweal

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"Human Croquet must be one of the first modern day fairy tales/dysfuntional family dramas to borrow from both Shakespeare and 'The Twilight Zone'...Idiosyncratic, eccentric, and blackly funny...A quizzically inventive novel." Liesel Litzenburger, The Detroit Free Press

Synopsis:

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Kate Atkinson's Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.

About the Author

Kate Atkinson was born in York, and earned her master's degree in English at Dundee University. While raising her two daughters, she held a variety of jobs, from university tutor to welfare benefits administrator, and always wrote, publishing short stories in British magazines. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won England's prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year award in 1995, and became an international bestseller. Her second novel, Human Croquet, was also an acclaimed bestseller. Her most recent novel is Emotionally Weird. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312186883
Author:
Atkinson, Kate
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
England
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 43
Publication Date:
19991131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.22 x 5.51 x 0.96 in

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Product details 352 pages Picador USA - English 9780312186883 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A literary tour de force of emotional and linguistic complexity...Atkinson specializes in audacity, which she offers up with irresistible humor and grace."
"Review" by , "By the time you reach the end, you'll want to read this modern mystery/fairy tale again."
"Review" by , "Atkinson's language — sometimes giddy, sometimes understated to accomodate the black comedy, occasionally frankly emotional — is a joy."
"Review" by , "Human Croquet must be one of the first modern day fairy tales/dysfuntional family dramas to borrow from both Shakespeare and 'The Twilight Zone'...Idiosyncratic, eccentric, and blackly funny...A quizzically inventive novel."
"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Kate Atkinson's Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.

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