Every Day Is Mother's Day

Hilary Mantel

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Stephen King meets Muriel Spark in Hilary Mantel's first novel.

Evelyn Axona-medium by trade-and her half-wit daughter Muriel have become a social problem. Barricaded in their once-respectable house, they live amid festering rubbish, unhealthy smells-and secrets. They completely baffle Isabel Field, the social worker assigned to help them. But Isabel is only the most recent in a long line of people that find the Axons impossible. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own problems: a married lover, Colin. He is a history teacher to unresponsive children and father to a passel of his own horrible kids. With all this to worry about, how can Isabel even begin to understand what is going on in the Axon household? When Evelyn finally moves to defend Muriel, and Muriel, in turn, acts to protect herself, the results are by turns hilarious and terrifying.

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EVERY DAY IS MOTHER'S DAY

When Mrs. Axon found out about her daughter's condition, she was more surprised than sorry; which did not mean that she was not very sorry indeed. Muriel, for her part, seemed pleased. She sat with her legs splayed and her arms around herself, as if reliving the event. Her face wore an expression of daft beatitude.

It was always hard to know what would please Muriel. That winter, when the old man fell on the street and broke his hip, Muriel had personally split her sides. She was in her way a formidable character.

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Praise for Every Day Is Mother's Day

"A terrific book." (Fay Weldon)

"Hysterical, the dialogue is spot-on. . . . Muriel and her ma are cunning creations." (Margaret Foster)

* Strange . . . rather mad . . . extremely funny . . . reminded me of the early Muriel Spark." (Auberon Waugh)

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Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, seven of which are available in paperback from Henry Holt. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she lives in England. Ms. Mantel reviews for The New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

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Every Day Is Mother's Day
Hilary Mantel

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429954501
ISBN10: 1429954507
240 pages
$9.99

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Picador
August 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312668037
ISBN10: 0312668031
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$14.00
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