Number 11

Number 11

Book - 2017 | First American edition.
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The long-awaited sequel to The Winshaw Legacy, the novel that introduced American readers to one of Britain's most exciting new writers--an acerbic, hilariously dark, and unflinching portrait of modern society.

The novel opens in the early aughts: two ten-year-olds, Alison and Rachel, have a frightening encounter with the "Mad Bird Woman" who lives down the road. As the narrative progresses through time, the novel envelops others who are connected to the girls: Alison's mother, a has-been singer, competing on a hit reality TV show; Rachel's university mentor confronting her late husband's disastrously obsessive search for a German film he saw as a child; a young police constable investigating the seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths of two stand-up comedians; the ludicrously wealthy family who hire Rachel as a nanny--under whose immense London mansion Rachel will discover a dark and terrifying secret. Psychological insight, social commentary, vicious satire, and even surrealist horror are combined in this highly accomplished work to hold up a revealing, disquieting mirror to the world we live in today.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780451493361
Branch Call Number: FIC Coe
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Number eleven

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AaronAardvark1940
Jun 26, 2017

A withering critique of the UK political scene; it might not receive a welcome in red-state OK. It is a richly detailed novel that I could not stop reading, waiting for all of the threads to come back together. Just an enjoyable read, even for a generally non-fiction person such as I.

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