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Little Constructions

Little Constructions

The new novel from Anna Burns, critically acclaimed author of 'No Bones'.

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ISBN 9780007164622
Barcode 9780007164622
Published 11 June 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Burns, Anna
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ISBN-13 9780007164622
ISBN-10 0007164629
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPerennial
Publication Date 11 June 2008
International Publication Date 1 April 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Burns, Anna
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 210g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress City and town life, Interpersonal relations, Alienation (Social psychology)
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 49634

Description of this Book

The new novel from Anna Burns, critically acclaimed author of 'No Bones'. An irate woman bursts into the best gun shop in the town of Tiptoe Floorboard, helps herself to a Kalashnikov rifle and sets off in a taxi on her mission of retribution. So begins this kaleidoscopic, surreal and enigmatic tale of dark deeds in a small town. At the centre of Anna Burns's startling new novel lies the Doe clan, a closely knit family of criminals and victims whose internal conflicts and convoluted relationships propel this simultaneously funny and terrifying story. Bound together by love and loyalty, fear and secrets, the Does and other inhabitants of Tiptoe Floorboard make up an unforgettable cast of characters. In a voice that is by turns chilling and wickedly funny, the narrator documents their struggle to make and maintain connections with each other, and -- weaving back and forth in time -- examines what transpires when unspeakable realities, long pushed from consciousness, begin to break through. Anna Burns's first novel 'No Bones' was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. This second work secures her reputation as a writer of mesmerising originality and rare talent.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'The writing is energetic, convoluted and courageous. It has a gutsy nervousness that matches the subject matter, as if there is no way to write about violence and violation other than with comedy, digression, wordplay and other peculiarities. She gets across her disgust for senseless, needless violence of the Bush/Blair/Northern Irish or merely familial kind, while being pretty damn funny about it at the same time.' Guardian 'A brilliant second novel!I can't remember the last time I read prose so profound and so punchy, at once scattergun and forensic. It's like the ink's been made from gunpowder. And every line leaves a darkly sparkling residue that you won't be able to wash off.' Daily Telegraph 'An often disturbing story, Little Constructions is about the (mis)fortunes of the Does, a marauding clan of criminals and damaged children.' Vogue 'Another powerful second novel by Belfast-born writer, Anna Burns. Displaying the same dark bite and startling humour as her first, Little Constructions explodes into tangents from the opening scene of a woman storming into a small town gunshop and demanding a weapon. ' Irish Mail on Sunday 'This is probably the antithesis of the classic holiday novel which is no bad thing in itself. Bold, funny and unrelenting.' Sunday Business Post 'At the centre of Anna Burns' novel lies the Doe clan, a closely-knit family of criminals and victims whose internal conflicts and convoluted relationships propel this simultaneously funny and terrifying story. When unspeakable realities break through, the tale is chilling -- and funny.' Belfast Telegraph Praise for 'No Bones': 'Not only hilarious but also terribly tragic and awful and human and wonderful! No Bones is the best book I've read for ages. The world Burns creates is utterly convincing and surreal at the same time. I love the writing, the way she rolls the words around! No Bones is absolutely fantastic, and explores really exciting territory!the tone and timbre of the novel feel quite different to anything I've read before.' Julia Darling 'A chilling recognition that most survived the Troubles intact but some people will never be the same again!This account of a girl's life growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, which examines madness and sanity and questions our interpretation of both, is scary. Scarily well written, too! No Bones tears chunks out of our Peace Process comfort blankets. For it questions how a peaceful, mundane existence can be superimposed on a society inured over decades to violence.' Martina Devlin, Irish Independent 'The use of language is stunning, powerful and controlled!the story of Amelia's struggle for sanity is compelling.' Daily Telegraph
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Anna Burns was born in Belfast in 1962. She moved to London in 1987. This is her second novel.

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