The Pumpkin Eater (New York Review Books Classics)

The Pumpkin Eater (New York Review Books Classics)

Penelope Mortimer


The Pumpkin Eater is a surreal black comedy in regards to the wages of maturity and the pitfalls of parenthood. A anonymous girl speaks, before everything from the precarious perch of a therapist’s sofa, and her shrewdpermanent, wry, confiding, immensely sympathetic voice instantly captures and holds our consciousness. She is the mummy of an enormous, swelling brood of youngsters, additionally anonymous, and the spouse of a winning screenwriter, Jake Armitage. The Armitages stay within the urban, yet they're construction a good glass tower within the state during which to cool down and stay fortunately ever after. yet might that dream be not anything greater than a sentimental fantasy? on the edges of imaginative and prescient the spectral little ones come and move, whereas our heroine, alert to the numerous gradations of melancholy and the innumerable varieties of betrayal, attempts to make feel of all of it: medical professionals, husbands, motion picture stars, our bodies, grocery lists, nursery rhymes, messes, getting older mom and dad, thoughts, desires, and breakdowns. the best way to pull all of it jointly? might be you begin via falling apart.

 

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