About the Book: The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mothers Milk
NATIONAL BESTSELLER An" Atlantic Magazine" Best Book of the Year A"Publishers Weekly" Best Book of the Year"The Melrose Novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England. " Alice Sebold, author of"The Lovely Bones"For more than twenty years, acclaimed author Edward St. Aubyn has chronicled the life of Patrick Melrose, painting an extraordinary portrait of the beleaguered and self-loathing world of privilege. This single volume collects the first four novels"Never Mind, ""Bad News, ""Some Hope, " and"Mothers Milk, " a Man Booker finalist to coincide with the publication of"At Last, " the final installment of this unique novel cycle. By turns harrowing and hilarious, these beautifully written novels dissect the English upper class as we follow Patrick Melroses story from child abuse to heroin addiction and recovery. "Never Mind, " the first novel, unfolds over a day and an evening at the familys chateaux in the south of France, where the sadistic and terrifying figure of David Melrose dominates the lives of his five-year-old son, Patrick, and his rich and unhappy American mother, Eleanor. From abuse to addiction, the second novel, "Bad News" opens as the twenty-two-year-old Patrick sets off to collect his fathers ashes from New York, where he will spend a drug-crazed twenty-four hours. And back in England, the third novel, "Some Hope, " offers a sober and clean Patrick the possibility of recovery. The fourth novel, the Booker-shortlisted"Mothers Milk, " returns to the family chateau, where Patrick, now married and a father himself, struggles with child rearing, adultery, his mothers desire for assisted suicide, and the loss of the family home to a New Age foundation. Edward St. Aubyn offers a window into a world of utter decadence, amorality, greed, snobbery, and cruelty welcome to the declining British aristocracy. "
About the Author: Edward St Aubyn
Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of the"A Clue to the Exit, ""On the Edge, "and the most recent Patrick Melrose novel, "At Last"(Farrar, Straus and Giroux). "Mothers Milk" was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
|Book:||The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mothers Milk|
|Author:||Edward St Aubyn|
|Number of Pages:||680|
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