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    DescriptionDonald Antrim's mother Louanne was a difficult woman: an operatically suicidal, chainsmoking, delusional alcoholic who even when sober believed that her cat Merlin was a descendant of the Arthurian necromancer. Seeing his own life bound up in her relentless deterioration, Donald Antrim embarks on this strange, marvellous memoir in an attempt to make sense of his mother and her legacy. A series of tragic-comic adventures in psychological dysfunction, Antrim's personal journey takes him wandering across the Southern states of America, tracing the bust-ups, reconciliations, and migrations of his warring parents. Gradually he unpicks the stories of his childhood, and the characters: his handsome sportsman uncle; his hardworking, bewildered Episcopalian grandparents; and his mother herself - alarming, melodramatic, manipulative, reckless and brave. This is a vivid, unmissable Technicolor slideshow of a memoir.

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    The Afterlife
    After Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donald Antrim
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 182 g
    ISBN 13: 9780349118703
    ISBN 10: 0349118701

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    DC22: 813.54
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    29 May 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Donald Antrim is an editor (formerly at Little, Brown USA) and highly acclaimed writer, and regularly contributes to the NEW YORKER. He lives in New York.
    Review quote
    ** 'I read Donald Antrim's THE AFTERLIFE with admiration. This must have been a difficult book to write ... but he performs the dance artfully. Formally perfect, filled with grace, wit and the only sort of love that's worth offering PETER CAREY, Irish Times Books of the Year An account of family tragedy lifted by stark beauty and dark humour INDEPENDENT ** 'Shocking, hilarious, painful; Louanne, the mammy, is no longer breathing, but she's still there, in every word. A bad ma, but a great, great book RODDY DOYLE, Irish Times Books of the Year ** 'A mesmerising, novelistic story of a dysfunctional childhood ... THE AFTERLIFE unfolds with precision, bounded by structural elegance and masterful pacing. It is an intensely personal, admirable act of remembrance; a wry pilgrimage made powerful by the DAILY TELEGRAPH