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  • ISBN: 9781771963077
  • ISBN: 1771963077
  • Physical Description: 1020 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"Peeling apples for tartes tatin, an Ohio mother wonders how to exist in a world of distraction and fake facts, besieged by a tweet-happy president and trigger-happy neighbors, all of them oblivious to what Dupont has dumped into the rivers and what's happening at the factory farm down the interstate--not to mention what was done to the land's first inhabitants. A torrent of consciousness, narrated in a single sentence by a woman whose wandering thoughts are as comfortably familiar as they are heartrendingly honest, Ducks, Newburyport is a fearless indictment of our contemporary moment."-- Provided by publisher.
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Issued also in electronic format.
Awards Note:
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, 2019.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    *Starred Review* Ellmann tells a tale of two mothers. One is a magnificent mountain lion whose brief, increasingly dramatic appearances are rendered in lyrical sentences and paragraphs that surface intermittently like stepping-stones within a deluge of consciousness conveying the tumbling thoughts of a forty-something human mother of four in Ohio. Her Niagara of memories, worries, observations, and self-criticisms surge across the novel's many pages in one audaciously long sentence, achieving an incantatory cadence based on the refrain "the fact that" ("the fact that I seem to fall in love during family crises, first Chuck, then Leo, the fact that Frank doesn't count, the fact that I tried to love him"). Ellmann's smart, hilarious, high-strung narrator—a former history teacher, a caterer specializing in pies, and a cancer survivor—ruminates over food, family, extinction, the Native American genocide, nuclear waste, movies, Laura Ingalls Wilder, school shootings, racism, Trump, plastic-filled oceans, and polluted rivers. She adores her engineer husband and mourns for her mother, to whom the title obliquely refers. As the mountain lion's natural idyll is destroyed, forcing her on a desperate odyssey, her human counterpoint and her children also come under siege. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Ellmann's mesmerizing, witty, maximalist (think David Foster Wallace, William T. Vollmann), and maddening performance is a bravura and caring inquiry into Earth's glory, human creativity and catastrophic recklessness, and the transcendence of love. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Lucy Ellmann’s first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was followed by Varying Degrees of Hopelessness, Man or Mango? A Lament, Dot in the Universe, Doctors & Nurses, Mimi. Her short stories have appeared in magazines, newspapers and anthologies, and she has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Telegraph, New Statesman and Society, Spectator, Herald, Scottish Review of Books, Time Out (London), Art Monthly, Thirsty Books, Bookforum, Aeon, The Evergreen, and The Baffler. A screenplay, The Spy Who Caught a Cold, was filmed and broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. She edits fiction for the Fiction Atelier (, and abhors standard ways of teaching Creative Writing, which she considers mostly criminal. Though American by birth, she lives in Scotland.

Subject: Housewives > Ohio > Fiction.
Women > Psychology > Fiction.
Anxiety > Fiction.
Ohio > Fiction.
United States > Social life and customs > 21st century > Fiction.
Stream of consciousness fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
FICTION / Small Town & Rural.
Genre: Stream of consciousness fiction.
Stream of consciousness fiction.

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