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Ducks, Newburyport

A novel by Lucy Ellmann

Lucy Ellmann

Baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America's ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to be more like Jane Fonda. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son's toy tractors, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, not even the Abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing?

With a torrent of consciousness and an intoxicating coziness, Ducks, Newburyport lays out a whole world for you to tramp around in, by turns frightening and funny. A heart-rending indictment of America's barbarity, and a lament for the way we are blundering into environmental disaster, this book is both heresy—and a revolution in the novel. (From Biblioasis)

Lucy Ellmann coverage

Lucy Ellmann's Booker-nominated Ducks, Newburyport, captures our fractious, fractured age through the eyes of a likeable, pie-baking housewife in Ohio in an epic running one thousand pages long in one, single sentence. 53:59
How a Canadian publisher took a chance on a 1,000-page experimental read, written in one single sentence, now nominated for the Booker Prize. 2:36
Windsor publishing Biblioasis started out as a local book store before growing into a full-fledged publishing house. Owner and founder Dan Wells sat down with CBC Windsor host Chris Ensing to talk about publishing in the Rose City, as well as what it means now that Biblioasis has published a novel nominated for the illustrious Booker Prize. 3:24