Zoo Time

Zoo Time

eBook - 2012
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Bloomsbury

The new novel from the author of The Finkler Question, author of the Man Booker Prize 2010


Reading is over. Writing is finished. Publishing is dead. Embittered author Guy Ableman knows this, as does his desperate editor; as does the sad whole of doomed literary London. But Guy is dedicated to his dying art, and continues to write for an audience that doesn't exist, loathed by the few readers he does have - feminists who charge him with misogyny, mothers who accuse him of hating children.

His vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful red-head, contrary, highly strung and often blazingly angry, is another source of pain, as is her alluring mother Poppy. More like sisters than mother and daughter, they come as a pair, a blistering presence. And Guy is, from the off, as captivated by his mother-in-law as he is by his wife...

Against a backdrop of disappointment, failure and loss, in a world in which food and fashion have long since trampled fiction into the ground, Guy is consumed with the temptation of an illicit affair. It distorts every thought in his head, and becomes his next great novel. Fantasy blurs with reality in this furious, hilarious novel about love, loss, mothers and daughters. Frank, poignant and moving,Zoo Time is our funniest writer at his brilliant best.

Baker & Taylor
In awe of his strikingly beautiful, highly strung wife and her equally volatile mother, novelist Guy Ableman finds his work persistently interrupted by their drama and dreams of squeezing out one more great book in spite of growing fears that reading is a cultural activity of the past. By the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question. 50,000 first printing.

Bloomsbury USA
Reading is over. Writing is finished. Publishing is dead. Embittered author Guy Ableman knows this, as does his desperate editor; as does the sad whole of doomed literary London. But Guy is dedicated to his dying art, and continues to write for an audience that doesn't exist, loathed by the few readers he does have - feminists who charge him with misogyny, mothers who accuse him of hating children.

His vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful red-head, contrary, highly strung and often blazingly angry, is another source of pain, as is her alluring mother Poppy. More like sisters than mother and daughter, they come as a pair, a blistering presence. And Guy is, from the off, as captivated by his mother-in-law as he is by his wife...

Against a backdrop of disappointment, failure and loss, in a world in which food and fashion have long since trampled fiction into the ground, Guy is consumed with the temptation of an illicit affair. It distorts every thought in his head, and becomes his next great novel. Fantasy blurs with reality in this furious, hilarious novel about love, loss, mothers and daughters. Frank, poignant and moving, Zoo Time is our funniest writer at his brilliant best.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
ISBN: 9781608199396
1608199398
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2012

"Worried that books - and book reading - are a thing of the past, novelist Guy Ableman is struggling with his literary career. His publicist disdains his proposals, his publisher wants him to write story apps for smart phones, and his attraction to his mother-in-law (the topic of his current novel) is spiraling out of control. A fiery redhead (just like her daughter), she's the subject of most of his literary (and otherwise) fantasies - but all he can do is write about her. A "humorous, satiric look at modern relationships" (Library Journal), not to mention book publishing and a writer's mental state, this clever novel will appeal to readers who ponder publishing's future." Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458

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