The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver.
This landmark publication, the first collection of stories from a master of the form, explores the idea of 'property' in both senses of the word: real estate and stuff. These sharp, brilliantly imaginative pieces illustrate how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves and how tussles over ownership articulate the power dynamics of our relationships. In Shriver’s world, we may possess people and objects and places, but in turn they possess us.
In the stunning novella 'The Standing Chandelier', a woman with a history of attracting other women’s antagonism creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend and his wife-to-be.
In 'Domestic Terrorism', a 30-something son refuses to leave home, resulting in a stand-off that renders him a millennial cause célèbre.
In 'The ChapStick', a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security.
In 'Vermin', an artistic Brooklyn couple’s purchase of a ramshackle house destroys their once passionate relationship.
In 'The Subletter', two women, both foreign conflict junkies, fight over claim to a territory that doesn’t belong to either.
This immensely listenable collection showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
Praise for The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047: "Shriver’s intelligence, mordant humour and vicious leaps of imagination all combine to make this a novel that is as unsettling as it is entertaining." (Financial Times)
"As ever, Shriver cuts close to the bone!... Distinctly chilling." (The Independent)
"A tale that fizzes with ideas and jokes.... the comedy is pitch black." (The Times)