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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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Ebook
ISBN
9780571368181
Date Published
01.08.2023
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Summary

‘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.,Their time in this savage, untamed wilderness – hunting, roaming, writing – soon becomes tainted by the 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.

Lauren Groff
Critic Reviews

A brilliant achievement [to] set beside Carson McCullers’s masterwork The Member of the Wedding.

Joyce Carol Oates
Critic Reviews

An extraordinary, savage novel.

Olivia Laing
Critic Reviews

Astonishing ... So cinematic ... Incredible ... Beautiful, and sensitive, and quickening.

Eileen Myles
Critic Reviews

Bitter and strong, dark, sometimes poisonous … Breathtakingly original.

Tessa Hadley
Critic Reviews

One of the best novels about adolescence in American literature.

New York Times
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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