Human Croquet A Novel

Kate Atkinson

Picador

0312186886

9780312186883

Trade Paperback

352 Pages

$16.00

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Part fairy tale, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel, this novel tells the story of Isobel Fairfax, a girl growing up in Lythe, a typical 1960s British suburb. But Lythe was once the heart of an Elizabethan feudal estate and home to a young English tutor named William Shakespeare, and as Isobel investigates the strange history of her family, her neighbors, and her village, she occasionally gets caught in Shakespearean time warps. Meanwhile, she gets closer to the shocking truths about her missing mother, her war-hero father, and the hidden lives of her close friends and classmates. A stunning feat of imagination and storytelling, Human Croquet is rich with the disappointments and possibilities every family shares.

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"Atkinson's language is a joy . . . Like all the best fairy tales, Human Croquet is appalling and disturbing even as it is reassuring."—Valerie Sayers, Commonweal

"Human Croquet offers further proof that Kate Atkinson is off and running in a quite fantastic direction of her own devising . . . Full of ambiguities and neat surprises."—Katharine Weber, The New York Times Book Review

"A literary tour de force of emotional and linguistic complexity . . . Atkinson specializes in audacity, which she offers up with irresistible humor and grace . . . If all of this is great fun, it's also surprisingly moving."—Rebecca Radner, The San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle

"Intelligent, sympathetic, and terribly funny, this is simply a wonderful book."—Kate Tuttle, Boston Book Review

"Vivid and intriguing . . . fizzes and crackles along."—Penelope Lively, The Independent

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Kate Atkinson is the author of several novels, including Behind the Scenes at the Museum, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World, Case Histories, One Good Turn, and Life after Life. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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  • Kate Atkinson

  • Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1995. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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