Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lisa Howorth: IMG So Many Books, So Many Writers



I'm not a bookseller, but I'm married to one, and Square Books is a family. And we all know about families and how hard it is to disassociate... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$16.50
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

The Mushroom Man

by

The Mushroom Man Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Six-year-old Lily Newman accompanies her mother, Charlotte, on a late-summer visit to her Aunt Beth's sheep farm in the middle of wild Welsh countryside. Beth, whom Charlotte considers to have greatly disappointed their parents by marrying a humble carpenter, now lives with her son and triplet daughters, her husband having died two years earlier.

While staying on the farm, Lily becomes fixated with a fairy tale her cousins make up about a Mushroom Man and vanishes one morning into the nearby forest. The adults suspect an abductor, while the children wonder if, indeed, their story about the Mushroom Man and his invisible-making powers has come true. As each group pursues their own solutions, relationships are strained and carefully constructed facades come crumbling down.

With sparkling prose, The Mushroom Man explores the fine border between reality and myth, and introduces Sophie Powell as a wry and sophisticated new talent in fiction.

Review:

"Powell makes a charming debut with this touching comedy....Powell neatly juggles many elements here: sibling rivalry, a marriage gone sour, widowhood. Her wry, playful prose...assured voice and unerring eye for detail make her one to watch." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An engaging debut....A charming and thought-provoking tale that walks the line between fantasy and reality with all the skill of tightrope-artist. The British-born Powell, now an NYU grad student, has made a splendid start." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"First-time novelist Powell writes with remarkable assurance and dazzle as she spins this dew-bright tale of long-brewing adult unhappiness magically dispelled by the intuition and valor of smart and spirited children." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Synopsis:

While staying on a farm, six-year-old Lily becomes fixated with a fairy tale about a Mushroom Man and vanishes one morning into the nearby forest. With sparkling prose, The Mushroom Man explores the fine border between reality and myth, and introduces Powell as a wry and sophisticated new talent in fiction.

About the Author

Sophie Powell was born in London, England, in 1980. She graduated in classics from Cambridge, and is now a student in New York University's creative writing program. Her short story "At the End of the Line" was selected by Zadie Smith for The May Anthologies 2001. She is currently at work on her second novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399149634
Author:
Powell, Sophie
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Wales
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Missing children
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
561
Publication Date:
February 10, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.56x5.50x.80 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on...
    Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. The Rice Mother Used Trade Paper $3.50
  3. The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $0.95
  4. The Green Age of Asher Witherow Used Trade Paper $3.95
  5. Falling Woman Used Mass Market $2.95
  6. The House on Sprucewood Lane Used Mass Market $4.50

Related Subjects


Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Mushroom Man Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$16.50 In Stock
Product details 208 pages G. P. Putnam's Sons - English 9780399149634 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Powell makes a charming debut with this touching comedy....Powell neatly juggles many elements here: sibling rivalry, a marriage gone sour, widowhood. Her wry, playful prose...assured voice and unerring eye for detail make her one to watch."
"Review" by , "An engaging debut....A charming and thought-provoking tale that walks the line between fantasy and reality with all the skill of tightrope-artist. The British-born Powell, now an NYU grad student, has made a splendid start."
"Review" by , "First-time novelist Powell writes with remarkable assurance and dazzle as she spins this dew-bright tale of long-brewing adult unhappiness magically dispelled by the intuition and valor of smart and spirited children."
"Synopsis" by , While staying on a farm, six-year-old Lily becomes fixated with a fairy tale about a Mushroom Man and vanishes one morning into the nearby forest. With sparkling prose, The Mushroom Man explores the fine border between reality and myth, and introduces Powell as a wry and sophisticated new talent in fiction.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.