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The Mountain Lion (Faber Editions)

Jean Stafford

Introduced by Hilton Als, in ‘one of the best novels about adolescence in American literature’ (New York Times) two siblings come of age in a mountainous wilderness. . .

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571368174
Date Published
03.08.2023
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Summary

Introduced by Hilton Als, in ‘one of the best novels about adolescence in American literature’ (New York Times) two siblings come of age in a mountainous wilderness …

‘One of the strangest and angriest novels of the twentieth century.’ Lauren Groff
‘An extraordinary, savage novel.’ Olivia Laing
‘I love this novel.’ Patricia Lockwood

She would not feel safe until the beautiful animal was dead.

Ralph and Molly are inseparable siblings: united against the stupidity of daily routines, their prim mother and prissy older sisters, the world of adult authority. One summer, they are sent from their childhood home in suburban Los Angeles to their uncle’s Colorado mountain ranch, where they write, hunt, roam. But this untamed wilderness soon becomes tainted by dark stirrings of sexual desire – and as the pressures of growing up drive an irrevocable rift between them, their innocent childhoods hurtle towards a devastating end . . .

‘Beautiful, and sensitive, and quickening.’ Eileen Myles
‘A glimmer of genius.’ Rumaan Alam
‘Breathtakingly original.’ Tessa Hadley
‘A brilliant achievement [to] set beside Carson McCullers’s masterwork The Member of the Wedding.’ Joyce Carol Oates

Critic Reviews

One of the strangest and angriest novels of the twentieth century.

Critic Reviews

An extraordinary, savage novel.

Critic Reviews

A brilliant achievement, an exploration of adolescence to set beside Carson McCullers’s masterwork The Member of the Wedding.

Critic Reviews

An astonishing writer ... So cinematic ... Incredible ... Beautiful, and sensitive, and quickening.

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I love this novel.

Critic Reviews

Easy to surrender to ... A glimmer of genius ...Stafford is one of those writers I wish had left us more. But that work itself is more than enough.

Rumaan Alam
JeanStafford

Jean Stafford (1915–1979) was born in California but raised in Boulder, Colorado, where her family moved after losing their fortune on the stock exchange. Her college years at the University of Colorado were marked by poverty as well as by the suicide of her friend Lucy McKee, who shot herself in Stafford’s presence. After graduation, Stafford studied at the University…

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