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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Publisher Comments:

Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickhams nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.

Review:

"In this bitingly funny novel from Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella), four social-climbing British couples gather for a 'friendly' weekend of tennis, but find their friendships tested by competitive­ness, scandals, secrets, and betrayals. Narrator Katherine Kellgren gives a mas­terful performance, creating distinctive character voices and alternating effort­lessly among oily salesman Patrick, smugly pom­pous Charles, sarcastic Caroline, fluttery Valerie, a German nanny, two very different little girls, and the rest of Wick­ham's colorful cast. Kellgren's narration is marvelous, inhabiting various characters' states of mind, shifting among anxiety, fury, and guilt as the book's POV changes. A delightful performance not to be missed. A Thomas Dunne hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From the author of the sensational bestselling Sophie Kinsella novels and the New York Times bestsellers The Wedding Girl and Sleeping Arrangements, this perceptive comedy skewers the shallow rich, displaying a wicked backhand along the way

About the Author

MADELEINE WICKHAM is the author of several novels, including COCKTAILS FOR THREE, A DESIRABLE RESIDENCE, and THE GATECRASHER. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781427212351
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Author:
Wickham, Madeleine
Author:
Kellgren, Katherine
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Publication Date:
20110830
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 CDs, 8.5 hours
Dimensions:
5.92 x 5.19 x 0.825 in

Related Subjects

Audio Books » Fiction and Poetry » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women

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Product details pages MacMillan Audio - English 9781427212351 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this bitingly funny novel from Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella), four social-climbing British couples gather for a 'friendly' weekend of tennis, but find their friendships tested by competitive­ness, scandals, secrets, and betrayals. Narrator Katherine Kellgren gives a mas­terful performance, creating distinctive character voices and alternating effort­lessly among oily salesman Patrick, smugly pom­pous Charles, sarcastic Caroline, fluttery Valerie, a German nanny, two very different little girls, and the rest of Wick­ham's colorful cast. Kellgren's narration is marvelous, inhabiting various characters' states of mind, shifting among anxiety, fury, and guilt as the book's POV changes. A delightful performance not to be missed. A Thomas Dunne hardcover." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the author of the sensational bestselling Sophie Kinsella novels and the New York Times bestsellers The Wedding Girl and Sleeping Arrangements, this perceptive comedy skewers the shallow rich, displaying a wicked backhand along the way

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