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The Book of Mother: Longlisted for the International Booker Prize

The Book of Mother: Longlisted for the International Booker Prize (Hardback)

By Huisman, Violaine

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A prize-winning tour de force when it came out in France, Violaine Huisman's remarkable debut novel is about a daughter's inextinguishable love for her magnetic, mercurial mother. Beautiful and charismatic, Catherine, aka 'Maman', smokes too much, drives too fast, laughs too hard... and loves too extravagantly. During a joyful and chaotic childhood in Paris, her daughter Violaine wouldn't have it any other way. But when Maman is hospitalised after a third divorce and breakdown, everything changes. Even as Violaine and her sister long for their mother's return, once she's back Maman's violent mood swings and flagrant disregard for personal boundaries soon turn their home into an emotional landmine. As the story of Catherine's own traumatic childhood and coming of age unfolds, the pieces come together to form an indelible portrait of a mother as irresistible as she is impossible, as triumphant as she is transgressive. With spectacular ferocity of language, a streak of dark humor and stunning emotional bravery, The Book of Mother is an exquisitely wrought story of a mother's dizzying heights and devastating lows, and a daughter who must hold her memory close in order to let go.
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ISBN 9780349012339
Released NZ 25 Jan 2022
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780349012339
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Virago Press Ltd
Released 25 Jan 2022
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Huisman, Violaine
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 158mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 843/.92
Weight 436g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mothers and daughters - Fiction, Mental health - Fiction, Manic-depressive persons - Fiction, Sisters - Fiction, FICTION / Literary
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade