The Pumpkin Eater

By:

Mortimer, Penelope

Genre:

Fiction

An unnamed narrator, married to her fourth husband, faces her empty life once deprived of the domestic trappings that defined her.

"A strange, fresh, gripping book. One of the the many achievements of The Pumpkin Eater is that it somehow manages to find universal truths in what was hardly an archetypal situation: Mortimer peels several layers of skin off the subjects of motherhood, marriage, and monogamy, so that what we're asked to look at is frequently red-raw and painful without being remotely self-dramatizing. In fact, there's a dreaminess to some of the prose that is particularly impressive, considering the tumult that the book describes" - Nick Hornby

Book Club Event Date: 

29 July 2019

The Pumpkin Eater

Recommendation came from Night Thoughts inner sleeve