Every Day Is Mother's Day

Every Day Is Mother's Day

Book - 2000
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Stephen King meets Muriel Spark in Hilary Mantel's first novel.

Evelyn Axona-medium by trade-and her half-wit daughter Muriel have become a social problem. Barricaded in their once-respectable house, they live amid festering rubbish, unhealthy smells-and secrets. They completely baffle Isabel Field, the social worker assigned to help them. But Isabel is only the most recent in a long line of people that find the Axons impossible. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own problems: a married lover, Colin. He is a history teacher to unresponsive children and father to a passel of his own horrible kids. With all this to worry about, how can Isabel even begin to understand what is going on in the Axon household? When Evelyn finally moves to def Muriel, and Muriel, in turn, acts to protect herself, the results are by turns hilarious and terrifying.
Publisher: New York : Owl Books, 2000
Edition: 1st Owl Book ed
ISBN: 9780805062724
0805062726
Branch Call Number: MANT
Characteristics: 225 p

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doroschelch
Aug 24, 2012

Unpleasant characters in an unpleasant story that is not even mysterious enough to make you want to know the ending (which turns out to be just as uninteresting)

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mudflapflossy
Mar 01, 2012

Her 1st novel, and it's excellent. Dark, brooding, infinitely entertaining, you immediately see this author’s raw talent as a storyteller. The main character is Muriel Axon, a mentally retarded shut-in who lives with her equally dysfunctional mother, Isobel. Other characters include her barely functioning social worker, who is more focused on her married lover than dealing with Muriel & her mother's problems. Despite the subject matter, this is a suprisingly funny novel. If you like it, be sure to read it's sequel “VACANT POSSESSION”

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nic03red
Dec 24, 2010

I wasn't a big fan of this book. I thought it was kind of boring. I wanted to finish because I thought there was going to be some suprise ending. Instead, I was very disappointed. The author left questions unanswered and the ending just fell flat. The only part of this book I liked reading were the parts about the Axons. Overall, I would not recommend this book.

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