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Author: Jenny Offill
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BIC Subject: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published By: Granta
 
Published: 02-Feb-2021
Format: Paperback, 224 pages, 129x198mm
ISBN: 9781783784776
Stock Code: 3784776
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From the author of Dept. of Speculation, a dazzling and deadpan new novel about hope and despair, fear and comfort as it plays out in these times of environmental and political turbulenceFrom the author of Dept. of Speculation, a dazzling and deadpan new novel about hope and despair, fear and comfort as it plays out in these times of environmental and political turbulence
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020

'This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy' - Ocean Vuong

What are you afraid of, he asks me and the answer of course is dentistry, humiliation, scarcity, then he says what are your most useful skills? People think I'm funny...

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practise her other calling: as an unofficial shrink. For years, she has supported her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilised for the moment, but then her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. Sylvia has become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilisation.

As she dives into this polarised world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to acknowledge the limits of what she can do. But if she can't save others, then what, or who, might save her?

And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in--funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.
 
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