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New World Monkeys: A Novel epub ebook

by Nancy Mauro

New World Monkeys: A Novel epub ebook

Author: Nancy Mauro
Category: United States
Language: English
Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN: 0307461416
ISBN13: 978-0307461414
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 313
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NANCY MAURO lives in New York City. Библиографические данные. New World Monkeys: A Novel.

NANCY MAURO lives in New York City. She has worked as an advertising creative director and copywriter in Canada and the United States. Shaye Areheart Books, 2009. 0307461416, 9780307461414.

Duncan and Lily, young and adrift in a prickly marriage and lackluster careers, flee Manhattan for the peaceful allure of a recently inherited crumbling Victorian home. But the two are left with little time to ponder the traditional "he said, she said" failings of a relationship: On an upstate road miles shy of their house, a wild boar leaps to his death in front of their Saab-an accident whose consequences will haunt them throughout the summer. That was no ordinary hog. Lily and Duncan arrive in the eccentric town of Osterhagen to discover the boar had a name: The Sovereign of the.

New World Monkeys book. I would love to have a conversation with Nancy Mauro to see if her speech is as elegantly crafted and precisely chosen as her writing

New World Monkeys book. A savagely smart, darkly comic literary debut, New World Monkeys. I would love to have a conversation with Nancy Mauro to see if her speech is as elegantly crafted and precisely chosen as her writing. A tangle of veins decorates her th The title is a bit silly, and deceiving: this is a very finely tuned story of a marriage in trouble, a wild boar, advertising, and a small town.

A savagely smart, darkly comic literary debut, New World Monkeys exposes the false idols of marital tranquillity . Ms. Mauro is a fine new talent. It is always a great sign when you can't put a book down, without wondering if you should read just one more chapter.

A savagely smart, darkly comic literary debut, New World Monkeys exposes the false idols of marital tranquillity, small-town idyll, and corporate Darwinism in th. . Light, enjoyable fiction. com User, November 25, 2009. I really enjoyed this quirky novel which in my mind is akin to the writing of Douglas Coupland for its straightforward, slightly manic modernity.

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Lily touches the poached lump on her forehead. The swelling hasn’t diminished as much as it has pooled south over her browbone into the soft pocket of eyelid. The swelling hasn’t diminished as much as it has pooled south over her browbone into the soft pocket of eyelid am drawn over her vision that she finds somehow comforting. As though her inside and outside perspectives are finally aligned. Piñata accident, Lily says, hoping that by ratifying the girl’s suspicions she might escape the insolent teenage watchfulness. With a slow hand, Kitten tucks the cigarettes back into the waistband of her school uniform and smirks

Upon returning home to the south of Italy, the villagers consider him a shameful deserter-and worse still, there is no trace of his fiancé. Duncan and Lily, young and adrift in a prickly marriage and flagging careers, flee Manhattan for a summer in the upstate town of Osterhagen. Duncan, an ambitious adman, is writing a campaign that will either make or break him, while Lily can’t seem to get her P. dissertation off the ground.

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A savagely smart, darkly comic literary debut, New World Monkeys exposes the false idols of marital tranquillity, small-town idyll, and corporate Darwinism in the dazzling voice of a major new talent. Duncan and Lily, young and adrift in a prickly marriage and lackluster careers, flee Manhattan for the peaceful allure of a recently inherited crumbling Victorian home. But the two are left with little time to ponder the traditional "he said, she said" failings of a relationship: On an upstate road miles shy of their house, a wild boar leaps to his death in front of their Saab–an accident whose consequences will haunt them throughout the summer. That was no ordinary hog.Lily and Duncan arrive in the eccentric town of Osterhagen to discover the boar had a name: The Sovereign of the Deep Wood. That it was the town mascot. And, as the hapless urbanites are coerced into the vortex of tea socials, cannon fire, and communal history, they realize that the residents of the bizarre hamlet intend to seek justice for their fallen hero. Next come the bones. Duncan, an adman whose controversial new campaign could make or break his career, wants a temporary escape from the pressures of urban life. But his pastoral retreat darkens when an attempt at gardening turns up a human femur in the lawn, a headstone inscribed simply Tinker, 1902, and a sense that Lily’s family may have violence in its aristocratic blood. And then there’s Lloyd. Lily, conflicted about her marriage and her career, spends her days at the local library researching her impossibly arcane dissertation topic but can’t seem to make any progress. One day she observes the town pervert in action and befriends him.Lloyd, a Peeping Tom, invites her to follow him on a bird’s-eye tour of Osterhagen that may help her home in on her own flaws and failings.Keep digging.Thrown together in their complicity over the boar’s death, fueled to exhume Tinker’s bones from the garden, and inspired by Lloyd’s philosophical savoir faire, Duncan and Lily begin to excavate the profound truth about themselves and their marriage. But how deep can the two dig before the summer’s violent beginning catches up with them?
Reviews (7)
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I had no idea what I would be getting into when I started this novel. And the journey has been just wonderful. Duncan and Lily are on their way from their Manhattan life--she is doing research for her doctorate while he works for a Mad Men-type ad agency--to the much-in-need-of-care Victorian house that Victoria has inherited. They are in their early thirties and have been married for a while. Actually too long.
The novel opens with a bang! Their Saab has had a run in with a pig, but not an ordinary one. It dies, thanks to a whack on the head when Lily is quit certain it will charge her. Oh, no, this just happens to be a horned one named The Soverieng of the Deep Wood and the beloved pet of a character you just do not want living in your town. Actually you don't want many of the character you will meet living in your town, including Lloyd who is a really talented voyeur.
Duncan becomes obsessed with his new ad campaign, so much of his time is spent during the week back in Manhattan. And Lily, alone or sort of alone during the week, spends her time research an archaic arch concept in architecture. But she soon befriends Lloyd.
And I must mention Tinker. It seems that back in 1902 Tinker was killed and quite possibly her bones are the ones Lily and Duncan are attempting to extract from their garden that is no longer a garden.
I don't want to tell much more. I found this to be a somewhat slow read, mostly because I just had to go back to re-read things because they were either so funny or so outrageous that I wanted a second helping.
I have never read a book like this. And I hope Nancy Mauro is busy, busy, busy writing a new one.

Goodman
I got my hands on a copy of this novel and I couldn't put it down. Nancy Mauro's writing style is truly unique and sets her apart from the masses of sound-alikes that abound.

This book will take you on an unexpected journey. The power dynamics she explores will give you pause and make you think of your own life and relationships. I never imagined I would come to care about a peeping Tom and an ill-fated wild boar (that's where the tire iron comes in).

One of her protaganists works in the Advertising Industry. I couldn't help but squirm at some of her spot-on observations. But don't be misled - this is about MUICH MUCH more than a look inside the twisted reality of the NY advertising scene. That provides only one of the delicately intertwining sub-plots.

I highly recommend this book for everyone from the big city industry guy to the small town idealist. You will all be proven wrong.

Mala
The title grabs your interest first; the characters next ... and then the twisted plot.
Ms. Mauro is a fine new talent. It is always a great sign when you can't put a book down, without wondering if you should read just one more chapter.

Siratius
I'm easy prey for a sophisticated, urban kind of tale of a lifestyle I have always coveted. A classic modern story, it reeled me in. Then it purposefully led me down an uncomfortable path I would not have ventured on my own. A Peeping Tom best friend - pervert - who is braver than I am? But, I was helpless not to go. Nancy Mauro's amazing novel is intelligent, witty, humorous, edgy, and masterfully written. It is a true original. I'm trapped!

Gaudiker
Mauro's characters have the ring of truth in their voices, coupled with the jaded outlook of those who have worked in advertising. This book is fresh and exciting. A must read for anyone who likes contemporary fiction.

Shakataxe
Some authors are all about plot and some are all about character. Nancy Mauro's debut novel clearly places her a deeply in the latter camp. Her characters are lively and so quirky they'd give USA Channel pause, and they did keep me reading in fits and starts despite the peculiar feel of a book trying to straddle the line between humor and drama.

The plot involves a young couple, Duncan and Lily, who leaves the problems of Manhattan to spend the summer in Lily's newly-inherited upstate mansion, where they hope to get both their lives and their marriage back on track. But from the time they hit a wild boar and Lily takes a tire iron to its skull to put it out of its misery, things get decidedly more interesting. It seems the boar was the town mascot and a beloved pet. Then the couple find and dig up a mysterious grave in the mansion's back yard, providing them with something to fixate on besides their worsening marriage.

The cast of peculiar characters, including the rather unlikable protagonists, Duncan and Lily, provide a lot of entertainment and the novel works well on that level. But the author tries to mix the quirkiness with far too much soap-style drama for my taste. (To be fair, any amount of soapy drama is too much soapy drama for me.)

Mauro is a writer to watch, but New World Monkeys, while literate, is self-conscious and over-written, just as many first novels are. Once Mauro learns to relax and not try so hard, to enjoy her characters and let them tell their stories, I think we'll be seeing some terrific reads.

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