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Mrs Caliban (Faber Editions)

Irenosen Okojie

The amphibious cult classic: this magical tale of a suburban housewife’s affair with a frogman is ‘seductive’ (Margaret Atwood), ‘genius’ (Patricia Lockwood), ‘perfect’ (Max Porter), ‘a feminist masterpiece’ (Carmen Maria Machado), and ‘out-weirds and out-romances anything today’ (Marlon James).

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The amphibious cult classic: a magical tale of a suburban housewife’s affair with a frogman …
‘Disturbing but seductive … Wonderful.’ Margaret Atwood
‘Perfect.’ Max Porter
‘Still outpaces, out-weirds, and out-romances anything today.’ Marlon James
‘A feminist masterpiece: tender, erotic, singular.’ Carmen Maria Machado
”Genius … A broadcast from a stranger and more dazzling dimension.’ Patricia Lockwood
‘Genius … Like Revolutionary Road written by Franz Kafka … Exquisite.’ The Times
‘Incredibly liberates readers from the awfulness of convention to a state where weirdness and otherness are beautiful.’ Sarah Hall
‘A devastating fable of mythic proportions … Wondrously peculiar.’ Irenosen Okojie (foreword)

Dorothy is a grieving housewife in the Californian suburbs; her husband is unfaithful, but they are too unhappy to get a divorce. One day, she is doing chores when she hears strange voices on the radio announcing that a green-skinned sea monster has escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research – but little does she expect him to arrive in her kitchen. Muscular, vegetarian, sexually magnetic, Larry the frogman is a revelation – and their passionate affair takes them on a journey beyond their wildest dreams … Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs Caliban is a bittersweet fable, a subversive fairy tale, as magical today as it was four decades ago

‘A miracleA perfect novel.’ New Yorker
‘Every one of its 125 pages is perfect … Clear a Saturday, please, and read it in a single sitting.’ Harper’s

What Readers Are Saying:
‘Maybe the most gorgeous, lyrical book ever written’*****

‘A fantastic wee novel, strange and brilliant, and absolutely the inspiration for The Shape of Water.’*****

‘Wonderful, sharp minimal prose offers big truths. Superb – brilliant, in fact.’*****

‘Absolutely incredible. It’s weird, funny, and heartbreaking, like a Richard Yates novel except with lizardman sex.’*****

‘One of the best tongue-in-cheek social satires that I’ve ever read. It delves into gender politics. It takes a long, hard look at mental health. It addresses female sexual freedom and agency. It asks the reader to examine what it means to be human … Genius.’*****

‘Really brilliant: a deconstruction of suburbia by way of monster movies that examines sad realities with hilarious verve … Sometimes you need a sexy frog person to break you out of the ties that bind. ‘*****

Hooked me so deeply I picked it up and finished it the same nightBeautiful … Will stay with me.’*****

‘What the hell just happened?’*****

Critic Reviews

A tender, erotic, singular novel; a feminist masterpiece.

Carmen Maria Machado
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Genius ... A broadcast from a stranger and more dazzling dimension ... One of my favorites.

Patricia Lockwood
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Still outpaces, out-weirds, and out-romances anything today.

Critic Reviews

A tale so curiously right, so romantically obverse, that it creates its own terrible, brilliant reality.

Sarah Hall
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Genius ... Its absurdity throws everything else into relief — the hackneyed tale of suburban boredom is refreshed — and the result is like Revolutionary Road written by Franz Kafka ... A exquisite hors d’oeuvre, which leaves your mouth watering for more.

John Self, The Times
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A miracle ... A perfect novel.

New Yorker