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Mother's Milk By Edward St Aubyn

Mother's Milk
by Edward St Aubyn

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A witty, perceptive and complex family portrait that examines the shifting allegiances between mothers, sons and husbands
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Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn

The novel's perspective ricochets among all members of the Melrose family - the family featured in St. Aubyn's praised trilogy, Some Hope - starting with Robert, who provides an exceptionally droll and compelling account of being born; to Patrick, a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favour of his sons; to Mary, who's consumed by her children and an overwhelming desire not to repeat the mistakes of her own mother. All the while, St. Aubyn examines the web of false promises that entangle this once-illustrious family whose last vestige of wealth - an old house in the south of France - is about to be donated by Patrick's mother to a New Age foundation.

An up-to-the-minute dissection of the mores of child-rearing, marriage, adultery and assisted suicide, Mother's Milk showcases Edward St. Aubyn's luminous and acidic prose - and his masterful ability to combine the most excruciating emotional pain with the driest comedy. Absorb Mother's Milk into your and bloodstream and postnatal depression will never seem the same again . . .

`A masterpiece. Edward St. Aubyn is a writer of immense gifts. His wit, his profound intelligence and his exquisite control of a story that rapidly descends to the lower depths before somehow painfully rising again - all go to distinguish the trilogy as fiction of a truly rare and extraordinary quality' Patrick McGrath on Some Hope

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About Edward St Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge, and the trilogy Some Hope.

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Mother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn
Edward St Aubyn
Used - Very Good
Pan Macmillan
Short-listed for Man Booker Prize 2006 (UK)
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