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A darkly hilarious portrait of one dysfunctional American family and its scheming matriarch. This is an engrossing, hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family -- the bickering, the conspiracies, and the drive to overcome the painful ties that bind.

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Synopsis

Mother Land by Paul Theroux

Everyone in Cape Cod thinks that Mother is a wonderful woman: pious, hard-working, frugal. Everyone except her husband and seven children. To them she is a selfish and petty tyrant -- endlessly comparing her many living children to the one who died in childbirth, keeping a vice-like hold on her offspring even as they try to escape into adulthood.

Welcome to Mother Land: a suffocating kingdom of parental narcissism.

Reviews

Brilliantly depicts characters in pinpoint prickly prose * Guardian * Funny and wonderfully mean spirited * Saturday Review * The family dynamic has been rendered exceptionally well * Herald * Phenomenally strange * Observer *


About the Author

Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941 and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. His subsequent novels include The Family Arsenal, Picture Palace, The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, Millroy the Magician, My Secret History, My Other Life, and, most recently, A Dead Hand. His highly acclaimed travel books include Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend, and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. He divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian Islands.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd November 2017

Author

Paul Theroux

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Publisher

Hamish Hamilton Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
528 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241144985

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