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Maddie Mortimer: Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies Maddie Mortimer: Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

This ​lyrical debut novel is at once a passionate coming-of-age story, a meditation on illness and death, and a kaleidoscopic journey through one woman’s life—told in part by the malevolent voice of her disease.

Lia, her husband Harry, and their beloved daughter, Iris, are a precisely balanced family of three. With Iris struggling to navigate the social tightrope of early adolescence, their tender home is a much-needed refuge. But when a sudden diagnosis threatens to derail each of their lives, the secrets of Lia’s past come rushing into the present, and the world around them begins to transform.

Deftly guided through time, we discover the people who shaped Lia’s youth; from her deeply religious mother to her troubled first love. In turn, each will take their place in the shifting landscape of Lia’s body; at the center of which dances a gleeful narrator, learning her life from the inside, growing more emboldened by the day.

Pivoting between the domestic and… (tovább)

Scribner, New York, 2022
448 oldal · puhatáblás · ISBN: 9781982181772
Picador, London, 2022
448 oldal · puhatáblás · ISBN: 9781529069372
Scribner, New York, 2022

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Maddie Mortimer: Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

Death, the Cartographer of Life
Maddie Mortimer’s debut novel seduces with its playful typeset, as well as with daringly extravagant approach to the most serious of all topics: imminent death.

Two main and equally creative threads are braided into a narrative firework (in one case, literally!). This is no authorial gimmick. Experiencing the story of a life in a way that goes beyond what can be grasped rationally from simply reading the words was an essential part of this book. Using a third-person narrator in one of them, Mortimer omnisciently inhabits the minds of her characters: the ailing Lia, her creative daughter Iris, her husband Harry, her lost lover Matthew, her strait-laced mother Anne with her pastel cardigans, her loving friend Connie. The second thread is written in the eerie voice of what initially seems to be the metastasizing cancer. The voice provides dark and daring, poetic and playful reflections on the objective happenings reported in the other thread.

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