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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 called Larry is ‘genius’ (Patricia Lockwood), ‘a feminist masterpiece’ (Carmen Maria Machado), and ‘out-weirds, and out-romances anything today’ (Marlon James).

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Dorothy is a grieving housewife in the Californian suburbs, mourning the death of her young son and a recent miscarriage. 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 and excellent at housework, 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 miracle … A 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.’*****