George Baxter Henry is having an affair and has been found out by his mother-in-law, Muriel; a ninety-one-year-old former silent screen star who now can t keep her mouth shut! With a son (Billy) who is being wooed by a record company, and a daughter (Iska) who is writing a book about apples, the Henry family decamp to a village in France to sort themselves out.
George and his wife Pearl both want to save their marriage, but for different reasons. Billy sees the world through cocaine-tinted eyelids. Iska is growing up and discovering other fruit. Muriel is sharp and bitter and seems reluctant to get to the great cinema in the sky.
In the background lurk the shadows of George's further infidelities, and distant lineage leading to Graceland. Up front it's a battleground; where the weapons of choice are vitriol, one-liners and old age. The spoils of war are sanity, and redemption!
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Conor Bowman is an Irish lawyer who spends part of his time living in France. His first novel, The Last Estate (2010) was widely praised.Review:
Ribald and rollicking aptly describe Bowman s second, decidedly funny novel (after The Last Estate, 2010). In 1999, George Baxter Henry is a lawyer, husband, father, adulterer, conniver, and unabashedly snarky commentator on life. When his son falls face first into a cocaine habit, George hauls the entire family to France for weeks of family bonding and detox. He and his coke-snorting son, precocious bookwriting daughter, sweet and clueless wife, and shrieking harridan of a mother-in-law descend upon a little French village and let the hilarious high jinks, tinged with moments of real family pain, ensue. George handles his marital issues, infidelities, child-rearing troubles, and life in general with a breezy abandon that sometimes appalls yet almost unfailingly also delights with its sly humor and frankness. A touch too slim, the novel easily could have continued the fun for many more pages and kept readers in stitches. More George Baxter Henry, please. --Booklist
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Descripción Permanent Press, 2011. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M1579622208
Descripción Permanent Pr Pub Co, 2011. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. reprint edition. 138 pages. 9.00x5.75x0.75 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería 1579622208