To eight-year-old Grace, the world is full of mysterious things that most people will never see. Whist her mother, Anna, draws Grace deeper and deeper into a world of myth and obsession, her father, a dedicated rationalist, tries to convince her that the world is well-ordered and reasonable.
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- Paperback | 213 pages
- 128 x 194 x 18mm | 181.44g
- 03 Jul 2000
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
"A beautiful debut novel, a gently funny tragedy about childhood and madness . . . pokes at the boundaries between reason and imagination." --Newsday "Jenny Offill . . . has created a fantastical family, at times loving and sweet, sorrowful and dangerous. The prose, though told through the eyes of Grace, is sparse, elegant, and inviting." --The Boston Globe "Offill's deceptively simple prose, her exquisite sense of metaphor and her ear for humor capture the subtle perceptions of this wise child so that we feel to the bone her burgeoning awareness."--Chicago Tribune "[A] gem of a first novel." --Los Angeles Times Book Review "Offill's dialogue and quirky details are truly delightful."--Baltimore Sun