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By Sarah Perry

Longlisted for the dad or mum First booklet Award

Winner of the East Anglian ebook of the 12 months Award 2014

One scorching summer's day, John Cole makes a decision to depart his lifestyles in the back of.

He shuts up the bookstore not anyone ever involves and drives out of London. whilst his automobile breaks down and he turns into misplaced on an remoted street, he is going trying to find support, and stumbles into the grounds of a grand yet dilapidated condo.

Its citizens welcome him with open hands - yet there's extra to this unusual neighborhood than meets the attention. all of them comprehend him by way of identify, they've ready a room for him, and declare to were awaiting him all alongside.

As nights and days go John unearths himself drawn right into a baffling menagerie. there's Hester, their matriarchal, controlling host; Alex and Claire, siblings filled with child-like ask yourself and delusions; the mercurial Eve; Elijah - a faithless former preacher haunted by means of the Bible; and chain-smoking Walker, wreathed in smoke and hostility. who're those humans? And what do they intend for John?

Elegant, lightly sinister and psychologically complicated, After Me Comes The Flood is a haunting and hypnotic debut novel by way of an excellent new voice.

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Though many of the traits Smith points out here seem racist and reductive, the art, to her mind, seems equally disposed toward evenhanded renditions of any group’s distinguishing features. ” Taking Ameri­can literary works from 1880 to 1905—and, in the case of 26 Introduction Harriet Beecher Stowe, works reprinted during that interval—I examine representations of uncomfortable lives for comfortable readers when socioeconomics, gender, and “race” differentiate their comfort levels. ” Twain also had his way with Huckle­ berry Finn when Twain allowed Edward Windsor Kemble’s illustrations to spread across increasingly pictorial pages, so that Twain’s text had more of a chance to reflect its hero’s increasing sense of equality.

Kap­ lan’s Howellsian “democracy in literature” “contests, in the name of the social whole, the elitist maintenance of an insular and exalted culture. Yet realism equally opposes the rise of popu­lar mass culture which unites people as consumers through the medium of the market” (21). For Michael Davitt Bell, “a prominent function of claiming to be a realist or a naturalist in this period was to provide assurance to one’s society and one’s self that one was a ‘real’ man rather than an effeminate ‘artist’” (6).

3 As Kemble’s rewording troubles the title, his images collude with Twain’s ruse of authorship. Most books, one would assume, identify their authors by name. This one never actually mentions Samuel Clemens but refers exclusively to Mark Twain. Most books, at least in Twain’s day, depict the author in a dignified pose in a frontispiece. 2). Most title pages would again credit the author. ” It consigns Twain to a sculptural bust by Karl Gephardt, which is reproduced in a heliotype and inserted on onion­skin paper between the frontispiece and the title page.

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