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Publisher Description

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

Evelyn Axon - a 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2010
August 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
1.1
MB

Customer Reviews

NowIcanCook ,

Powerfully original

A stunning, relentlessly interesting novel. Thoroughly original, full of powerful images, masterful in every way.

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