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(New York Review Books Classics). The novel combines shocking realism with a visionary edge. The vet lives with his bedridden wife and shy daughter Alice in a sinister London suburb. He works constantly, captive to a strange private fury, and treats his family with brutality and contempt. After his wife’s death, the vet takes up with a crass, needing woman who tries to refashion Alice in her own image. And yet as Alice retreats ever deeper into a dream world, she discovers an extraordinary secret power of her own. 133p.
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN-13: 9781590170298
- Publisher: New York Review Books
- Published: April 2003