Everything Under

Everything Under

Book - 2018
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"Daisy Johnson's debut novel turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung"-- Book jacket flap.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781910702345
Characteristics: 263 pages ;,23 cm

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uncommonreader
Sep 16, 2019

Mothers and daughters, the Oedipus story, gender fluidity, dementia, magic realism - the elements of this story. It is divided into sections (The Cottage, The Hunt, The River), telling the story from the perspective of different characters. It was somewhat interesting but the book became tiresome in the end.

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DrTeva
Jul 19, 2019

The odd but readable story about the crazy mother who lived on a derelict houseboat in England, and the daughter she abandoned in childhood, when they come back together at the end of the mother's life.

knitsewrainbow May 20, 2019

Johnson writes a compelling story full of mystery and intrigue, but as the tale unravels beware the heartbreaking, complex, and ultimately broken strands that weave this family together.

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sgcf
May 13, 2019

I was in awe of the writing skills of 27 year old Johnson, youngest ever to be short listed for the Man Booker Prize. The story felt a bit eerie, occasionally confusing, but always an enthralling page-turner as the protagonist finds the mother who abandoned her at age 16 and unwinds the convoluted strands of those intervening years. Johnson deals with the theme of fate, loosely shadowing the Oedipus myth, as well as themes of entangled memories of family and home. Foreboding, yet mesmerizing. A favourite quote:
”Sometimes I wonder if all our choices are remnants of all the choices we made before. As if decisions were shards from the bombs of our previous actions.”

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KirstenES
Feb 28, 2019

Alternately removed, otherworldly and mysterious, this Booker-shortlisted first (!) novel uses its settings as central characters, but the characters themselves, shifting through identities and communities, are the most compelling part. The author creates empathetic portraits of people facing very difficult realities, and does it without ever being saccharine or manipulative. Johnson addresses issues of parenting, gender, sexuality, family and more, while telling a story that kept me turning pages and staying up late to find out what would happen next.

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jan 18, 2019

Dark tale of young woman, her mother and water. Didn't complete.

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