Mrs Caliban

Rachel Ingalls




ISBN: 9780571367986


The amphibious cult classic: a magical tale of a suburban housewife’s affair with a frogman … ‘Genius … Like Revolutionary Road written by Franz Kafka … Exquisite.’ The Times’Ingalls incredibly liberates readers from the awfulness of convention to a state where weirdness and otherness are beautiful and right.’ Sarah Hall [Observer Books of the Year]’Still outpaces, out-weirds, and out-romances anything today.’ Marlon James’A feminist masterpiece: tender, erotic, singular.’ Carmen Maria Machado”Genius …

A broadcast from a stranger and more dazzling dimension.’ Patricia Lockwood’A devastating fable of mythic proportions …

Wondrously peculiar.’ Irenosen Okojie (foreword)’Perfect.’ Max PorterDorothy is a grieving housewife in the Californian suburbs; her husband is unfaithful, but they are too unhappy to get a divorce.

One day, she is doing chores when she hears strange voices on the radio announcing that a green-skinned sea monster has escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research – but little does she expect him to arrive in her kitchen.

Muscular, vegetarian, sexually magnetic, Larry the frogman is a revelation – and their passionate affair takes them on a journey beyond their wildest dreams …

Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs Caliban is a bittersweet fable, a subversive fairy tale, as magical today as it was four decades ago ‘A miracle .

A perfect novel.’ New Yorker’Every one of its 125 pages is perfect …

Clear a Saturday, please, and read it in a single sitting.’ Harper’sWhat Readers Are Saying:’Maybe the most gorgeous, lyrical book ever written’*****’A fantastic wee novel, strange and brilliant, and absolutely the inspiration for The Shape of Water.’*****’Wonderful, sharp minimal prose offers big truths.

Superb – brilliant, in fact.’*****’Absolutely incredible.

It’s weird, funny, and heartbreaking, like a Richard Yates novel except with lizardman sex.’*****’One of the best tongue-in-cheek social satires that I’ve ever read.

It delves into gender politics. It takes a long, hard look at mental health. It addresses female sexual freedom and agency. It asks the reader to examine what it means to be human …

Genius.’*****’Really brilliant: a deconstruction of suburbia by way of monster movies that examines sad realities with hilarious verve …

Sometimes you need a sexy frog person to break you out of the ties that bind. ‘*****’Hooked me so deeply I picked it up and finished it the same night …

Beautiful … Will stay with me.’*****’What the hell just happened?’*****

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm