Adult Onset (Hardback)Ann-Marie MacDonald (author)
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'Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day.' Emma Donoghue, author of Room
A NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER IN CANADA
Mary Rose McKinnon has two children with her partner Hilary and a fractured relationship with her mother Dolly; she also has issues with anger management and lives in fear of hurting the children and these feelings seem somehow rooted in a part of her childhood she has trouble remembering.
Is Dolly - the kind of big personality who makes all Mary Rose's friends, and even waiters in coffee shops, exclaim 'I love your Mum!' - really harbouring a dark secret about what caused Mary Rose's childhood injuries, and is Mary Rose doomed to follow the same path with her own children?
ADULT ONSET is a heartbreaking, hilarious, hugely satisfying novel about family ties and the joy and agony of parenthood. Ann-Marie MacDonald gets under the reader's skin and gives voice to the feelings we have all experienced but may never have examined.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 664 g
Dimensions: 240 x 166 x 35 mm
Sensitive and unmistakeably heartfelt * Sunday Times *
Definitely recommended * Daily Mail *
A complex, troubling novel that cuts with surgical precision into the sinew and muscle of family life. * Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests *
Big, troubling and brave. * The New York Times *
Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day. * Emma Donoghue, author of Room *
...explores the question of parental abuse and its origins with uncommon courage. * Now magazine, Canada *
She has again delivered a masterpiece. * Michelle Dean, The Globe and Mail *
A lively, moving, and often funny story that has the potential to help usher in a new era of honest literary depictions of families in all their permutations. * The Walrus *
. . . a novel impossible to put down once begun. . . . the novel is superb, a fine blending of fact and fiction, of remembered incident and forgotten history, a wonderfully written treatise on the power of the past to impinge on the present. * Nancy Schiefer, The London Free Press, Canada *
Ms. MacDonald strikes just the right tone as she exposes the brutal undercurrents of domestic life. * New York Times *
. . . an intricate, gripping novel that is also a master class in turning the personal into the universal through art. * Brian Bethune, Maclean's Canada *
Many of us will see ourselves in the profound discomfort MacDonald has conjured... the book is an absolute triumph of terrifying authenticity. * National Post *
Suspense builds; surely, horror awaits. . . . Macdonald's book remains spellbinding throughout. It is impossible to forget. * Paul Gessell, Quill & Quire *
Remarkable...an engrossing, disturbing and layered tale. * Chicago Tribune on The Way the Crow Flies *
[MacDonald's] prose...is always right and true, clean and penetrating. * Winnipeg Free Press on The Way The Crow Flies *
One of the finest novels I've read in a long, long time. * The Washington Post on The Way The Crow Flies *
MacDonald is a stunningly good writer . . . The Way the Crow Flies . . . secures for MacDonald a place, forever, in Canadian literature. * Calgary Herald *
Macdonald is excellent at conversation - the phonecalls between Mary Rose and her mother are superb in their accuracy * Independent on Sunday *
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