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  • Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

    By Barbara Comyns

    Our Price: $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590178966
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: November 2015
    "I told Helen my story and she went home and cried" begins Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. But Barbara Comyns's beguiling novel is far from maudlin, despite the ostensibly harrowing ordeals its heroine endures. Sophia is twenty-one when she marries fellow artist Charles, and she seems to have nearly as much affection for her pet newt as she does for her husband. Her housekeeping knowledge is lacking (everything she cooks tastes of soap) and she attributes her morning sickness to a bad batch of strawberries. England is in the middle of the Great Depression, and in any case, the money Sophia earns at her occasional modeling gigs are not enough to make up for her husband's lack of interest in keeping the heat on. Predictably, the marriage begins to falter;not so predictably, Sophia's optimistic guilelessness is the very thing responsible for turning her life around"--
  • The Juniper Tree

    By Barbara Comyns

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.45
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781681371313
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: January 2018
  • Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

    By Barbara Comyns

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780984469314
    • Publisher: Dorothy, a publishing project
    • Published: November 2010
    Fiction. This is the story of the Willoweed family and the English village in which they live. It begins mid-flood, ducks swimming in the drawing-room windows, "quacking their approval" as they sail around the room. "What about my rose beds?" demands Grandmother Willoweed. Her son shouts down her ear-trumpet that the garden is submerged, dead animals everywhere, she will be lucky to get a bunch. Then the miller drowns himself...then the butcher slits his throat...and a series of gruesome deaths plagues the villagers. The newspaper asks, "Who will be smitten by this fatal madness next?" Through it all, Comyns' unique voice weaves a text as wonderful as it is horrible, as beautiful as it is cruel. Originally published in England in 1954, this "overlooked small masterpiece" is a twisted, tragicomic gem.

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