MISLAID & THE WALLCREEPER
The Nell Zink Box Set
We often search for books that surprise and delight and this duo by Nell Zink is no exception. With it’s striking packaging it definitely makes an impact on any bedside table or library shelf.
A fresh take on life, the world and those on it, Zink is a incredibly witty and fearless in her writing, taking risks on her approach to language and subject.
Set in Virginia, 1966. This is a bold new take on the mistaken identity plot. The motionless deeps of the lake outside Stillwater College are being ruffled. Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, is determinedly fondling Peggy, an ingénue freshman with literary pretensions, in his canoe. So begins a long affair but the two are mismatched from the start.
The story that follows rocks the boat in every sense. Nell Zink’s hugely entertaining, totally unique Mislaid explodes the nuclear family and topples every foundation of identity – black and white, gay and straight, “normal” and very very strange…
Interlaken, Berne, 21st century. Several things happen after the car hits the rock. Tiff ceases to be pregnant. Stephen captures, like, the most wonderful bird – fleet, stealthy, and beautiful – a real “lifer”. And the wallcreeper, the wallcreeper says “twee”.
The Wallcreeper is nothing more than a portrait of marriage, complete with all its requisite highs and lows: drugs, dubstep, small chores, anal sex, eco-terrorism, birding, breeding and feeding