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Lucy Ellmann
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Ducks, Newburyport

Lucy Ellmann


9781922268938

Text Publishing Company


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Paperback

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

OBSERVER FICTION PICKS 2019 | THE HERALD FICTION PICKS 2019 | THE IRISH TIMES FICTION PICKS 2019 | SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS FICTION PICKS 2019 | COSMOPOLITAN FICTION PICKS 2019

An Ohio mother bakes pies while the world bombards her with radioactivity and fake facts. She worries about her children, caramelisation, chickens, guns, tardigrades, medical bills, environmental disaster, mystifying confrontations at the supermarket, and the best time to plant nasturtiums.

She regrets most of her past, a million tiny embarrassments, her poverty, the loss of her mother, and the genocide on which the United States was founded.

But in Lucy Ellmann’s scorching indictment of American barbarity comes a plea for kindness. Ducks, Newburyport is a heresy, a wonder, and a revolution in the novel. It is also unforgivably funny.

A scorching indictment of America's barbarity, past and present, and a lament for the way we are sleepwalking into environmental disaster, Ducks, Newburyport is a heresy, a wonder-and a revolution in the novel.

It's also very, very funny.

By:   Lucy Ellmann
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 55mm
Weight:   780g
ISBN:   9781922268938
ISBN 10:   1922268933
Publication Date:   September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


'Ducks' achievement is in making the thoughts of its unnamed narrator feel timely, fresh, and on a pressing narrative trajectory. It manages intimacies between the narrator and reader, between the self and the other, and between literary and actual time...Ducks, Newburyport, as all the best novels do, had reenchanted the world.' * LA Review of Books * `A work resplendent in ambition, humour and humanity...It is a cornucopia of everyday experience, a lifetime of memories hoarded and pored over, like the family heirlooms the narrator and her husband have inherited along with all the joy and desolation contained within them...In Ducks, Newburyport, Ellmann has created a wisecracking, melancholy Mrs Dalloway for the internet age.' * Financial Times * `A remarkable portrait of a woman in contemporary America contemplating her own life and society's storm clouds...Brilliant.' * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * `A jaw-dropping miracle.' * Library Journal (starred review) * `The unstoppable monologue of an Ohio housewife in Lucy Ellmann's extraordinary Ducks, Newburyport is like nothing you've ever read before. A cacophony of humour, violence and Joycean word play, it engages-furiously-with the detritus of domesticity as well as Trump's America. This audacious and epic novel is brilliantly conceived, and challenges the reader with its virtuosity and originality.' * 2019 Booker Prize Jury Citation * `Magnificent...Ellman has produced a domestic epic of modern American life in the Trump era.' * Prospect * `Ulysses has nothing on this.' * Cosmopolitan * `Ellmann is an expert juggler with words. Her satire is deft, sophisticated and enchantingly surreal.' * Sunday Telegraph * `[Readers] will recognise Ellmann's dauntless cataloguing of desires, her refusal to be anything but self-directed...It's a book about a mother's love, but also about loss and grief, and anxiety dreams about Donald Trump, and despair about mass shootings...It is also a catalogue of life's many injuries and mishaps...and of the simple joys and consolations of memory and imagination. [A] triumph.' * Guardian * `A wildly ambitious and righteously angry portrait of contemporary America.' * Observer * `Hilarious, eye-wateringly funny...I have found a new hero in Lucy Ellmann.' * Scotsman * `Reading Ellmann is like finding bits of broken glass in your lollipop.' * Evening Standard * `Lunatic and splenetic and distinctive... I begin to suspect [Lucy Ellmann] might be some sort of genius' * Telegraph * `Breathlessly brilliant...An extraordinary achievement of wit and imagination...This isn't just one of the outstanding books of 2019, it's one of the outstanding books of the century, so far.' * Irish Times *


  • Short-listed for Booker Prize 2019 (UK)
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