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    Emotionally Weird (Black Swan) (Paperback) By (author) Kate Atkinson

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    DescriptionOn a peat and heather island off the west coast of Scotland, Effie and her mother Nora take refuge in the large mouldering house of their ancestors and tell each other stories.Nora, at first, recounts nothing that Effie really wants to hear, like who her father was - variously Jimmy, Jack, or Ernie. Effie tells of her life at college in Dundee, the land of cakes and William Wallace, where she lives in a lethargic relationship with Bob, a student who never goes to lectures, seldom gets out of bed, and to whom the Klingons are as real as the French and the Germans (more real than the Luxemburgers).But strange things are happening. Why is Effie being followed?Is someone killing the old people? And where is the mysterious yellow dog?


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    Title
    Emotionally Weird
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kate Atkinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 349 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780552997348
    ISBN 10: 055299734X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Illustrations note
    Illustr.
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Black Swan
    Publication date
    26 June 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed international author ever since. Her bestselling novels featuring the former police detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog, have been adapted into a successful BBC TV series starring Jason Isaacs. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
    Review quote
    "The lustre, energy and panache of her writing are as striking as ever...Funny, bold and memorable" -- Helen Dunmore The Times "Beautifully written...brimming with quirky characters and original storytelling. Kate Atkinson has struck gold with this unique offering" Time Out "Sends jolts of pleasure off the page...Atkinson's funniest foray yet...it is a work of Dickensian or even Shakespearean plenty" The Scotsman "Her novels are remarkable both in and of themselves, and as evidence of an important emerging body of work from a brilliant and profoundly original writer" Daily Telegraph "With just two novels, Atkinson has added new colour to the British literary landscape" Guardian
    Review text
    The author of Whitbread Awardwinner Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1996) indulges in even more of the postmodern game-playing that disrupted Human Croquet (1997). The year is 1972. Twenty-one-year-old Euphemia Stuart-Murray and her mother, Nora, are camped out at the crumbling family home on a remote Scottish island. We must get on, we must tell our tales, says Nora, and Effie begins with details of her adventures in graduate school just a month earlier at Dundee University. Shes living with Bob, a fellow student more interested in watching Star Trek, smoking dope, and listening to Led Zeppelin than attending classes. Effies not doing much better: she owes papers to all her professors and can barely muster up the energy to attend her tutorial, led by pompous Archie McCue, who spouts academic gibberish to his indifferent tutees. Interspersed with Effies narration are snatches from the murder mystery shes writing for another class; from Archies endless experimental novel, The Expanding Prism of J; from the heavy-breathing romance his wife is penning; and from other students work, including a Tolkien-like fantasy and a Beckettesque nihilistic drama. All of these highlight Atkinsons wicked wit without much advancing the plotnot that it matters, since the storyline is a slapdash affair involving various lost dogs, a ratty private eye, and lots of humor at the expense of self-important 70s radicalism and perennial grad-student aimlessness. Noras story, parceled out reluctantly at Effies urging, concerns her daughters mysterious origins; the final revelations about both womens parentage will not surprise anyone whos been paying attention to the heavy foreshadowing. Atkinsons jokes are funny, her characters lively (if cartoonish), but her scattershot approach to storytelling wears thin long before the end. Behind the Scenes at the Museum proved Atkinson can be playful and probing when she chooses. Fans of this talented writer can only hope that next time out shell concentrate more on emotional substance, less on narrative tricks. (Kirkus Reviews)