Last Things: From the author of Weather, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

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THE EXQUISITE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF WEATHER, SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020To eight-year-old Grace Davitt, her mother, Anna, is a puzzling yet wonderful mystery. This is a woman who has seen a sea serpent in the lake, who paints a timeline of the universe on the sewing-room wall, and who teaches her daughter a secret language which only they can speak. For Grace's father, however, the only truth is science, and increasingly he finds himself shut out by Anna as she draws Grace deeper and deeper into a strange world of myth and obsession.Selected as a Book of the Year in Guardian, Telegraph, Observer, Irish Times and New York Times. 'Unexpectedly funny' New York Times 'Full of imagination' Irish Times'Mesmerising' The Times
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ISBN-13: 9781408879719
ISBN-10: 1408879719
Pagini: 224
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.19 kg
Ediția: New Edition
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


In 2014, Jenny Offill published Dept. of Speculation to enormous critical and commercial acclaim. It was named one of the Best Books of the Year by Guardian, Telegraph, Observer, Irish Times and New York Times, and was shortlisted for the Folio Prize

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Jenny Offill is the author of Last Things (1999), which was chosen as a Notable or Best Book of the Year by the Guardian, New York Times and Village Voice. It was also a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction Prize. In 2014, she published Dept. of Speculation, which was chosen as a Book of the Year by the Guardian, Telegraph, Observer, Irish Times and New York Times. She has also written several children's books, including 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and While You Were Napping. She lives in Brooklyn, USA.


Offill creates for Grace a mesmerising imaginary world ... She writes with a heartbreaking clarity ... and is dexterously able to evoke emotional extremity through pitch-perfect narrative compression
Engaging, funny, full of imagination, humour and invention ... A glorious debut
Offill's remarkable first novel is crisply written, economically constructed and so inventive that you read without a clue as to what anyone will say or do next ... If "last things" means things that will last, then this novel is one of them
The unsentimental honesty means that the humour and the charm of the novel - both heavily in evidence - come exclusively from the writing
The charisma and damage of madness lend a desperate glamour to Last Things
A pleasure the read and a tender evocation of childhood ... Full of myth, historical anecdote, scientific fact, cosmology and philosophy ... A gem of a book
Brilliantly captures the confusion of childhood