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Toad

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Publisher Description

"Delaine has the perfect deadpan narration that conveys the hopelessness of our protagonist."- Booklist

Sally Gunnar has withdrawn from the world.


She spends her days alone at home, reading drugstore mysteries, polishing the doorknobs, waxing the floors. Her only companions are a vase of goldfish, a garden toad, and the door-to-door salesman who sells her cleaning supplies once a month. She broods over her deepest regrets: her blighted romances with self-important men, her lifelong struggle to feel at home in her own body, and her wayward early twenties, when she was a fish out of water among a group of eccentric, privileged young people at a liberal arts college. There was Sam, an unabashed collector of other people’s stories; Carlotta, a troubled free spirit; and Rennel, a self-obsessed philosophy student. Self-deprecating and sardonic, Sally recounts their misadventures, up to the tragedy that tore them apart.

Colorful, crass, and profound, Toad is Katherine Dunn’s ode to her time as a student at Reed College in the late 1960s. It is filled with the same mordant observations about the darkest aspects of human nature that made Geek Love a cult classic and Dunn a misfit hero. Daring and bizarre, Toad demonstrates her genius for black humor and her ecstatic celebration of the grotesque. Fifty-some years after it was written, Toad is a timely story about the ravages of womanhood and a powerful addition to the canon of feminist fiction.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
CD
Christina Delaine
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
11:49
hr min
RELEASED
2022
1 November
PUBLISHER
Macmillan Audio
SIZE
727.9
MB