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Mrs. Caliban

Mrs. Caliban

"Mrs. Caliban's cockeyed humor, uneasy desperation and sweet/sad/doomed/amphibious sex have stuck with me far longer than most of what I read in 2018. Needless to say in a year where we got blessed with Two! woman-on-sea-creature romances in media, it kicks the crap out of The Shape of Water."

Lauren A.

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Author Rachel Ingalls
Publisher New Directions
Publication Date 2017-11-28
Section Fiction / New Titles - Paperback / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Lauren A.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780811226691

Now back in print, Mrs. Caliban is “totally unforgettable” (The New York Times Book Review) and “something of a miracle” (The New Yorker)

In the quiet suburbs, while Dorothy is doing chores and waiting for her husband to come home from work, not in the least anticipating romance, she hears a strange radio announcement about a monster who has just escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research. . .  

Reviewers have compared Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs. Caliban to King Kong, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, the films of David Lynch, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, E.T., Richard Yates’s domestic realism, B-horror movies, and the fairy tales of Angela Carter―how such a short novel could contain all of these disparate elements is a testament to its startling and singular charm.

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