The Portable Veblen: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 (Paperback)
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The Portable Veblen: Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 (Paperback)

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A laugh-out-loud love story with big ideas - and squirrels - that was shortlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.

Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream? Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation? Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century? And what in the world is a 'Veblen' anyway?

'Raw and weird and hilarious' - The Guardian
'A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds.' - The Sunday Express
'Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius.' - Paul Murray
'I can't remember a book I enjoyed more.' - Nina Stibbe
'Seriously funny and extraordinarily well written.' - Jonathan Franzen, The Guardian Books of the Year

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008160395
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Man oh man, do I love this book! Audacious, imaginative and totally wonderful' Karen Joy Fowler

`I can't remember a book I enjoyed more' Nina Stibbe

'Smart, funny, charming and profound. Elizabeth McKenzie is clearly some sort of genius' Paul Murray

`The squirreliest novel I ever read. I enjoyed it completely' Ursula K. Le Guin

`Raw and weird and hilarious . . . very entertaining' Scarlett Thomas, Guardian

`Ambitious, spirited, funny, daring' Financial Times

`A touching, wildly funny and peculiarly elegant look at the travails of love of all kinds' Sunday Express

`Utterly charming. A true joy of a book' Irish Examiner

`Full of life and humour and compassion' Times Literary Supplement

`Darkly funny, irrepressibly quirky and very, very hard to put down' Sam Baker, The Pool

`Quirky and smart. If you loved Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you'll love this' Glamour

`Wildly brilliant. Razor-sharp, intimate, hilarious and profound. Every page is a delight' Emma Jane Unsworth

`Terrifically entertaining . . . hard to resist' Daily Mail

`Offbeat, thoughtful, mischievous . . . McKenzie [has] a pin-sharp eye for the tragic-comic, and for dialogue' Herald (Scotland)

`A novel of festive originality' The New York Times

`Unforgettable. A wild ride that you will not want to miss' San Francisco Chronicle

`If The Portable Veblen has a flaw, it is that its caricatures are so on the nose as to make the reader hope to flee the human race' Boston Globe

`Oddball characters and plot turns abound, including talking squirrels and bureaucratic ironies worthy of "Catch-22." But a sober question occupies its core: Do our parents' best intentions do us harm?' Minneapolis Star Tribune

`Accurately and funnily capture[s] the complexities of modern families . . . The Corrections meets The Wallcreeper' Huffington Post

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“Quirky fiction (but not Scandinavian...)”

This story is about Veblen, a warm and quirky young woman who values a peaceful and useful life. Somehow she seems to have been damaged by her relationship with her mother but has fallen in love with Paul. He also... More

Hardback edition
1 similar book recommended
12th February 2016
Helpful? Upvote 62
Hux - Blogger, @littlehux

“Mental health, anti-consumerism, and ... squirrels? A rich, touching story.”

The Portable Veblen is my 6th Baileys Prize book finished. Veblen (named after famous philosopher Thorstein Veblen) is a young, scatty woman, who translates Norwegian as a hobby and talks to squirrels. At first I was... More

Hardback edition
5 similar books recommended
1st April 2016
Helpful? Upvote 51

“A very enjoyable and quirky read, with twists and turns that never fail to surprise. ”

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
It is really difficult to put this book into any particular box: romance, fantasy, psychological study of family dynamics... Any... More

Hardback edition
16th January 2016
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