Nutshell

A Novel

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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A “suspenseful, dazzlingly clever and gravely profound” (The Washington Post) novel that brilliantly recasts Shakespeare and lends new weight to the age-old question of Hamlet's hesitation, from the Booker Prize winner and bestselling author of Atonement.

Trudy has been unfaithful to her husband, John. What’s more, she has kicked him out of their marital home, a valuable old London town house, and in his place is his own brother, the profoundly banal Claude. The illicit couple have hatched a scheme to rid themselves of her inconvenient husband forever. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy’s womb.

As Trudy’s unborn son listens, bound within her body, to his mother and his uncle’s murderous plans, he gives us a truly new perspective on our world, seen from the confines of his.

Don’t miss Ian McEwan’s new novel, Lessons, coming in September!

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
September 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Xreslr ,

A remarkable tale from a unique point of view

In "Nutshell" Ian McEwan brings us conspiracy viewed from an unprecedentedly intimate perspective. Murder plots between lovers against a spouse are presented all the time, but by the unborn child within a conspirators womb? Remarkable. Happily, the work's clever and profound prose parallels, if not surpasses, the uniqueness of its POV, and we are drawn more deeply into the gut of a story than I certainly ever imagined.

Lukester2012 ,

Transcendent

This is a superior work product. It is unique and very much "literary," for lack of better word, and thus may not resonate with those who seek a more mainstream reading experience.

Naganom ,

Navel Gazing

McEwan is a self-assured master, his writing by turns erudite, funny, wise and scathing. This story is wildly improbable, its narrator a precocious little nag, but it never flags as the perfect crime stumbles into error and a richly anticipated comeuppance looms. I love the author's writing not only for its well-informed flow and even majesty, but also for the witty, perfect little turns of phrase that pop up on every page. "Nutshell" is McEwan at his best!

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