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A richly detailed, darkly hilarious portrait of a family held together and torn apart by its scheming matriarch.

Everyone in Cape Cod thinks that Mother is a wonderful woman: pious, hard-working, frugal. Everyone except her husband and seven children. To them she is a selfish and petty tyrant - endlessly comparing her many living children to the one who died in childbirth, keeping a vice-like hold on her offspring even as they try to escape into adulthood.

Welcome to Mother Land: a suffocating kingdom of parental narcissism. This is an engrossing, hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of a modern family - the bickering, the conspiracies, and the drive to overcome the painful ties that bind.

Reviews

By turns savage, funny [and] unsettling

The Times on Mr Bones

Riveting and provocative

New York Times Book Review on The Lower River

As cool as Maugham . . . As observant, intuitive, wry, inventive and eloquent as Graham Greene

Sunday Times

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780241144985

    November 15, 2017

    Hamish Hamilton

    RRP $55.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241293539

    June 19, 2017

    Hamish Hamilton

    528 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook

    9780141960388

    November 2, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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