A warm, dark novel of family, distance & time from the author of the much-loved, highly-praised, prize-nominated SISTER CRAZY. An English novel of real brilliance. Feed My Dear Dogs is a book with its telescopic gaze part-turned toward outer space, and like the sky at night it dazzles with a myriad points of light, but the longer you look at it the more you become all too aware of the defining darkness between. It has a strange,compelling narrative sensibility that begins in outright observational comedy and slides into ever darker regions, while never losing its sharp tongue and wicked wit. Jem Weiss (her again!), the middle child of five, inhabits a family too fantastic to leave lightly, and experiences childhood more acutely, more joyously and more entertainingly than most. The five Weiss siblings crackle with intelligence, camaraderie, competitiveness and individuality; they have their own running gags, jargon, skits and power struggles; and they share a bearlike but adored father and an unflappable and omnicompetent mother. Jem's life hums with Shackleton and supernovas, boxing and cowboys and cars, binocular doughnuts, naval underwear, satchels and knights, telescopes and travel: and at the center of this galaxy of delights is her shining family. And as Jem runs all her childhood memories through her fingers, she entrances the reader with her sharp observations, casual wisdom and tender wit. However, there's always something else looming, and then and again it sneaks up, like her mother out of time in a red dress, with some pressing tidings to impart -- a child's terror at the prospect of moving on, growing up, leaving Home.
Praise for FEED MY DEAR DOGS: 'It's a bitter-sweet family portrait, by turns witty and dark: one of those rare books you just don't want to end.' Rachel Seiffert from the reviews for SISTER CRAZY: 'Emma Richler is a very, very clever girl.' Zoe Wanamaker, The Times 'A joy to read.' Alice Munro 'An impressive and important first novel. Not an excess word -- both comic and deeply serious. A truly dazzling debut.' Beryl Bainbridge 'The tone is confiding, the form original and I was charmed and impressed.' Observer 'A charmer with a dangerous undertow' Time Out 'There is an enticingly breathless quality to Richler's prose, and in a childlike dash, she guides us through her elegy for lost youth. Her incisive observations on the intricacies of family dynamics are by turns whimsical, intense and darkly funny.' TLS 'Stunning...Richler has written a deeply moving book. Her language is electric, her formal poise astonishing in a first novel; her observations of the world of children, of the terror of madness, riveting. And she is bold and witty and will make you laugh out loud.' Lisa Appignanesi
About Emma Richler
Emma Richler was born in London and grew up in London and Montreal. She trained as an actress in New York City and worked in the UK in theatre, film, television and on BBC Radio for ten years. She lives in North London.
Feed My Dear Dogs by Emma Richler
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