Every Day Is Mother's Day (Paperback)

Author: Mantel, Hilary

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By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL
Evelyn Axona is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again--how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.

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Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312668037
SKU 215084785
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312668031
Release Date 8/31/2010
Author Info
Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel was the oldest child of Irish Catholic immigrants. Educated at a convent school, she also studied law at the London School of Economics. Instead of practicing law, however, she became a social worker and then realized that what she really wanted to do was write. She has lived in Africa and in Saudi Arabia, the settings for various of her novels. In 1987 she was awarded the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. In addition to writing fiction, Mantel also writes book reviews and short stories. Married to a geologist, Mantel has no children: misdiagnosed in her youth, she was finally proved to have endometriosis, which made her infertile--a condition that, she says in her autobiography published in 2003, has been one of the vital and devastating facts of her life. WOLF HALL, Mantel's captivating fictional revision of the life of Thomas Cromwell, won her the 2009 Man Booker Prize.
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"It's all rather feverishly overplotted....But Mantel keeps the pot boiling merrily..., and brings her story to a mordantly funny, improbably moving violent climax. An exhilarating combination of kitchen-sink realism and grim expressionist farce: convincing further proof that Mantel is one of England's best contemporary novelists."
"It would be hard to overemphasize the mean pleasure to be found in [this book]....As imagined by Mantel, it would seem that energy and creativity are available only in service to cruelty. A gifted writer whose descriptions convey the infrared precision of a powerful night scope, she provides an amusement that is similarly guilty, detached, even aerial."
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First Line When Mrs. Axon found out about her daughter's condition, she was more surprised than sorry; which did not mean that she was not very sorry indeed.
Annotation Evelyn Axon is an aging medium by trade, living with her possibly retarded (and now pregnant) daughter, Muriel, in a filthy, rubbish-filled house. Isabel Field, a social worker, tries to help, but has her own problems with her married lover, Colin, who is stuck in a predictably stale marriage. When Isabel does finally intervene in Evelyn's life, the results are not what anyone ever expected. As for Muriel's hapless baby--well, don't ask. Hilary Mantel's gruesomely comic 1985 novel is her first; its sequel (VACANT POSSESSION) was published in 1986.
Editors Note By the Booker Prize-Winning Author of WOLF HALL||Evelyn Axona is a medium by trade; her daughter, Muriel, is a half-wit by nature. Barricaded in their crumbling house, surrounded by the festering rubbish of years, they defy the curiosity of their neighbors and their social worker, Isabel Field. Isabel is young and inexperienced and has troubles of her own: an elderly father who wanders the streets, and a lover, Colin, who wants her to run away with him. But Colin has three horrible children and a shrill wife who is pregnant again--how is he going to run anywhere? As Isabel wrestles with her own problems, a horrible secret grows in the darkness of the Axon household. When at last it comes to light, the result is by turns hilarious and terrifying.
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Number of Pages 0225
Publisher Picador USA

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