Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Ducks, Newburyport 


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Other Books Written By Lucy Ellmann

1)Ducks, Newburyport

2)Sweet Desserts

3)Man or Mango? 

4)Varying Degrees of Hopelessness

5)Dot in the Universe

6)Doctors and Nurses


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Lucy Ellmann (born 18 October 1956) is an American-born British novelist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read More

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE NOMINATED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION Baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America’s ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to be more like Jane Fonda. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son’s toy tractors, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, not even the Abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing? With a torrent of consciousness and an intoxicating coziness, Ducks, Newburyport lays out a whole world for you to tramp around in, by turns frightening and funny. A heart-rending indictment of America’s barbarity, and a lament for the way we are blundering into environmental disaster, this book is both heresy—and a revolution in the novel. #2019 man booker prize, #winner 2019 man booker

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019

‘A huge achievement’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘Ulysses has nothing on this’ – Cosmopolitan

Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of 'happy couples', Weapons of Mass Destruction, and how to hatch an abandoned wood pigeon egg. Is there some trick to surviving survivalists? School shootings? Medical debts? Franks 'n' beans? A scorching indictment of America's barbarity, past and present, and a lament for the way we are sleepwalking into environmental disaster, Ducks, Newburyport is a heresy, a wonder – and a revolution in the novel.
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

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PRAISE FOR DUCKS, NEWBURYPORT

“Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport offers a radical literary form and voice. Dense to look at, challengingly epic, the novel is built around one Ohio housewife’s monologue, flowing with dazzling lightness and speed. The detritus and maddening complexity of domesticity unfold in one breath, over a thousand pages. Shards of film plot and song collide with climate change anxiety; the terrors of parenting, healthcare and shopping lists wrestle with fake news and gun culture. The narrator reverberates with humour, wordplay and political rage. The writing resonates like a dissonant yet recognisable American symphony for massive forces, with riffs and themes folding back, proliferating, and gradually cohering. Its one long sentence occasionally breaks to simply describe a mountain lioness and her cubs: a meditation on nurture that will be wrapped into the violence of the ending. Lucy Ellmann has written a genre-defying novel, a torrent on modern life, as well as a hymn to loss and grief. Her creativity and sheer obduracy make demands on the reader. But Ellmann’s daring is exhilarating ― as are the wit, humanity and survival of her unforgettable narrator.”―Booker Prize Judge, Joanna MacGregor
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

“Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport offers a radical literary form and voice. Dense to look at, challengingly epic, the novel is built around one Ohio housewife’s monologue, flowing with dazzling lightness and speed. The detritus and maddening complexity of domesticity unfold in one breath, over a thousand pages. Shards of film plot and song collide with climate change anxiety; the terrors of parenting, healthcare and shopping lists wrestle with fake news and gun culture. The narrator reverberates with humour, wordplay and political rage. The writing resonates like a dissonant yet recognisable American symphony for massive forces, with riffs and themes folding back, proliferating, and gradually cohering. Its one long sentence occasionally breaks to simply describe a mountain lioness and her cubs: a meditation on nurture that will be wrapped into the violence of the ending. Lucy Ellmann has written a genre-defying novel, a torrent on modern life, as well as a hymn to loss and grief. Her creativity and sheer obduracy make demands on the reader. But Ellmann’s daring is exhilarating―as are the wit, humanity and survival of her unforgettable narrator.” ―2019 Booker Prize Jury Citation
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

“This book has its face pressed up against the pane of the present; its form mimics the way our minds move now toggling between tabs, between the needs of small children and aging parents, between news of ecological collapse and school shootings while somehow remembering to pay taxes and fold the laundry...The capaciousness of the book allows Ellmann to stretch and tell the story of one family on a canvas that stretches back to the bloody days of Western expansion, but its real value feels deeper ― it demands the very attentiveness, the care, that it enshrines.” ―Parul Sehgal, New York Times
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

"Brilliantly ambitious...At times there’s such fury to these ruminations that the book seems to shift into direct cultural critique; at other times it all seems simply part of the story...The lioness offers a foil, a figure of natural instinct and maternal courage set against the narrator’s culturally determined fears and insecurities...This is a novel, but it is also, fundamentally, a very long and meaningful list...as accumulative, as pointed, as death-addled, as joyous, as storied, as multitudinous and as large as life." ―Martin Riker, New York Times Book Review
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

“Ellmann captures the pathos of the everyday, how one might use pie crusts and film synopses to dam in pain. She also allows the narrator’s avoidance to suggest a greater amnesia, an American reluctance to face its past and its ongoing brutalities. The narrator lives in a country whose mythic propositions hang in the same limbo as her run-on sentence...Ellmann’s commitment to compilation and description suggests a resistance to hierarchies. It also flickers with tenderness. The time and care that she lavishes on her narrator seem like their own form of political speculation―that every individual is owed an unending devotion, and that such devotion, applied universally, might change the fate of the world." ―New Yorker
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

“Breathlessly brilliant … an extraordinary achievement of wit and imagination … this isn’t just one of the outstanding books of 2019, it’s one of the outstanding books of the century.” ―The Irish Times

“Ulysses has nothing on this … Once you get going, you’ll be too absorbed to stop.” ―Cosmopolitan

“Could possibly turn out to be the most important novel of the decade … Read Ducks, Newburyport. This is a novel for the idea of America today.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books

"There are novels, and then there are extraordinary novels―truly unique, one-of-a-kind, sui generis―terms that are often used as clich├ęs but I assure you not in Lucy Ellmann’s case, regarding her eighth novel, Ducks, Newburyport...a truly great American novel that catches our zeitgeist more accurately during the Trump years than anything else I have read...Ellmann has crawled into the horrifying times in which we live and written an explosive story that will engage you on every one of its 1000 pages." ―CounterPunch

“It's a book that quite restores our faith in the possibility of literary 'greatness' while questioning what forms such 'greatness' can or should take. It is certainly, in its humane range and weight, a Great American Novel. Is it any good? Oh my word, yes. Reading it at this point in times seems like an act of human solidarity, a commitment to the world of truth and reason.”―Literary Review

"Ducks, Newburyport is a complex book about a complicated time. It reads like an outpour of humanity beckoning to be heard." ―Electric Literature

“Resplendent in ambition, humour and humanity … a lifetime of memories hoarded and pored over, like the family heirlooms the narrator and her husband have inherited along with all the joy and desolation contained within them … In Ducks, Newburyport Ellmann has created a wisecracking, melancholy Mrs Dalloway for the internet age.” ―Financial Times

“A book about a mother’s love, but also about loss and grief, and anxiety dreams about Donald Trump, and despair about mass shootings … It is also a catalogue of life’s many injuries and mishaps … and of the simple joys and consolations of memory and imagination. [A] triumph.” ―The Guardian

“Epic.” ―Associated Press
“A jaw-dropping miracle.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“A remarkable portrait of a woman in contemporary America contemplating her own life and society’s storm clouds ... brilliant.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Mesmerizing, witty, maximalist...a bravura and caring inquiry into Earth’s glory, human creativity and catastrophic recklessness, and the transcendence of love.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“A wildly ambitious and righteously angry portrait of contemporary America.” ―The Observer
“As deep and broad and beautiful and American as the Grand Canyon. Because this torrent spills from the mind of one ordinary woman (an Ohioan, a wife, a mom, a baker of pies), because she's hilarious, because her doubts and deprecations, her fondnesses and fears, are so mundane and relatable, because she exists as one of the truest-to-life fictional characters you could ever hope to meet, this book probably won't get the credit it deserves, credit for originality, insight, and literary excellence. Which is a shame, because Ducks, Newburyport is a domestic national epic to set beside Moby-Dick, a corrosive comic cultural indictment to compare with William Gaddis's National Book Award-winning J R. Read it and weep from laughter and righteous anger.” ―James Crossley, Madison Books (Seattle, WA)
“Far more than the typical examination of contemporary domestic life, Ducks, Newburyport is a poetic observation and haunting account of what it’s like to be a woman in Trump’s America and the messiness of everyday existence. A rare mix of witty and visceral, Ellmann is an effortlessly gifted writer that deserves all of our attention.”―Cristina Rodriguez, Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX)
“A contemporary Molly Bloom soliloquy, a paginated lioness, a corrective, a challenge, a Moby-Dick of the kitchen…In 2019's most ambitious novel Ellmann puts us in the mind of one of literature's most neglected characters; an average woman and mother doing her best in a world that respects neither women nor mothers. Rambunctiously political, tenderly personal, and profoundly humanist, Ellmann's simple respect for her protagonist's thoughts, feelings, faults, & successes is revolutionary. And on top of everything else in this towering achievement of a novel, you'll find yourself desperately rooting for a mountain lion.” ―Josh Cook, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA)
“A stunning and brutal portrait of social and psychological dysfunction in Donald Trump's America as told through an exhaustive catalog of an Ohio mother’s endless anxieties alternating with the story of a mountain lioness caring for and protecting her new pups in a country hostile to wilderness. At times challenging, and alternately profound and upsetting, I’ve never read anything quite like it. [Ducks, Newburyport] is either insane or brilliant or maybe both.” ―Josh Niesse, Underground Books (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
“I never read long books but this sucked me in. Reading this book is truly an experience. It's marvelous and strange and stream of consciously spectacular, and when you're reading it, the distance between you and the main characters-- a busy mom, a busy mom mountain lion- disappears. If forced to compare, I'd say it's a little Infinite Jest, a little Mrs. Dalloway, a little something totally different!!!” ―Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books (Newtonville, MA)
“How fitting that Lucy Ellmann’s revelatory and groundbreaking novel, Ducks, Newburyport is arriving on the centennial of Sherwood Anderson’s famous Winesburg, Ohio…Ellmann’s modernist masterpiece is primed to be as influential for the future of fiction as Winesburg was in its time. Ducks’ innovative style works wholly in its favor--the novel is accessible, heartfelt, and absorbing as it portrays the mind of a middle-aged mother who tries to manage the hectic demands of family and household, all the while constantly assailed by her own memories, guilt, and second-guessing. Ellmann’s protagonist worries about it all, from gun violence, Trump, and polluted drinking water, to soft boiling eggs, cleaning behind the refrigerator, and perfecting a lemon drizzle cake recipe. If it sounds quotidian, it is. But it is also brilliant, real and very much alive.” ―Lori Feathers, Interabang Books (Dallas, TX)
“An unputdownable rant by an anonymous homemaker and pie baker in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Our narrator streams a running commentary on small-town life, marriage and re-marriage, gun violence, the rise of hate in Trump's America, and her analysis of Little House on the Prairie. It all ratchets up to a startling climax that rewards the reader for their persistence.” ―Grace Harper, Mac's Backs (Cleveland, OH)
“An unspooling of the bitter, hilarious, emotionally riveting, mundane, angry, overstuffed, and extraordinary mind of a 21st century Ohioan everywoman. No novel I've read about contemporary America has managed to do quite what Ellmann has done in Ducks, Newburyport, so bursting with exuberance and energy that its pages rustle on their own when you put it down. A masterpiece." ―Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books (Point Reyes Station, CA)
“Ducks, Newburyport is, without hyperbole, a landmark work of genius. Indisputably so, and yet that feels like inadequate praise for what Lucy Ellmann is doing here. Ducks resembles a Dewey Decimal card catalog dedicated to post-9/11 Americana being rifled through at warp speed or the collected stories of Diane Williams algorithmically rewritten with a Great Lakes accent. Superlatives fall short, especially when we're talking about a book that flouts the fusty conventions of the canon so wildly. "Landmark", sure. "Genius", of course. More importantly, Ellmann is writing something so free from the standards of those well-trodden terms that they begin to lose all meaning. And thank heavens for that.” ―Justin Walls, Powell's Books (Portland, OR)
“Describing Ducks, Newburyport, is not easy: to describe it as a stream-of-consciousness housewife’s manifesto on politics, capitalism, and baking is a good start, but even that description feels like an undersell. Set predominantly in an Ohio housewife’s kitchen, the narrator of Ducks, Newburyport, creates a rapid-fire commentary on the issues plaguing America today: the desecration of indigenous lands and culture; the resurgence of fascism in an increasingly violent America; the ethics of butter-buying; and the commodification of happiness, just to name a few. Though the stream-of-consciousness form might seem intimidating, Lucy Ellmann’s rhetorical rhythm synchronizes with our own tendencies to overthink, overanalyze, and under-verbalize, and once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.” ―Morgan McComb, Raven Bookstore (Lawrence, KS)
“I am not up to the task of describing this book in proper or fair terms. A lot of people might go all Faulkner or Melville regarding this majestic beast of 1,040 pages. Lucy Ellmann, however, is not those long dead men. And her fiction is something of its own--a brick of a book that is original and out of time and explodes in terms of voice and scope. She deserves to be read. Her words deserve an audience. This book is one of those rare things you will never forget.” ―Hans Weyandt, Milkweed Booksellers (Minneapolis, MN)
“As ambitious a book as has been published in the 21st century, Ducks, Newburyport is the novel we need right now in our times, a bitter, all-too-relevant descent in the madness at the core of the modern American psyche.” ―Will Evans, Deep Vellum Books (Dallas, TX)
“At first glance, Ellmann's paragraph-indentation-free-harangue-of-a text seems daunting, but then the reader becomes completely sucked in … Reading Ducks, Newburyport feels like pulling apart an intricately embroidered quilt. It's at once an act of destruction but it feels so satisfying as you see the material of what was become something new. At the beginning of the book I felt excited to begin the epic stretching out ahead of me. By the end of the book, I was left with thread: a basic knowledge of my own humanity that I could only get too through a process of this diligent unraveling. It's an accomplishment. It's devastating and necessary.” ―Ida Cuttler, Women and Children First (Chicago, IL)

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