Hannah Calder More House

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More House

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Fiction. Two movies share a cast, a crew, and a set. More House, where Granny lives, and straight out of Victorian literature, is the scene of a Gothic period piece. In the other movie, The Lord wields his scepter over another cast of characters including the cook, the butler, the groom, and the maids. Meanwhile, the Girl and her son, Joey, move uneasily between the overlapping, and sometimes fusing, scenarios. Dark, erotic, disturbing, MORE HOUSE is an exuberant display of imagination and wordplay, and showcases an impressive new writing talent. "For a generation of skeptic believers, a new sort of novel, the novel equivocal about its status as a novel. Like Lawrence Braithwaite's More at 7:30, Hannah Calder's MORE HOUSE displays its 'more-ness' right in its title, and lives up to that promise in sequence after sequence of cinematic sweep and ambition. We used to say, everything but the kitchen sink, but Calder gives us the kitchen sinks of two centuries. In the main story of Joey--discontent in death as in life--and his mother--bent forever to her job, like the mother in Intolerance--Calder's prose simmers with hallucinatory heat. She is the most generous and attentive of writers, and one whose experiments crackle and blaze like wildfire, sweeping the landscape of her dreams like panopticon pinlights"--Dodie Bellamy.

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Hannah Calder was born in England, and grew up there and in British Columbia. She currently lives in Barcelona. MORE HOUSE is her first book.

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"More House is a fusion, a collage, a bold endeavor of a literary work, a 'new' novel if you like. Calder splices the cinematic and employs obvious theatrical devices such as cast lists, dialogue, and pickles it with a metafictional 'director' glaze. What is More House? What isn t it might be the better starting point? What can it be to you: the reader, the writer, the thinker? The solid, often clipped prose whacks away, whacks us away, whacks its way into the 'thing' that is More House. The point of view is ambitious. 'The Lord does not employ the girl Hannah does. Hannah is the cook, according to me.' The novel is a fascinating study in the role of interruption." --Anakana Schofield, 49th Shelf: The Recommend

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