In Kathryn Davis's eerie novel, three households separated by time and space as well as scale coexist in a single restless vision: a dollhouse; a family in 1950s Philadelphia; and Moss cottage, home of Edwina Moss, a nineteenth-century expert on domestic management. While the inhabitants of the dollhouse are powerless to shape their destiny, mysteriously propelled from room to room, the four members of the Philadelphia family dedicate themselves to mutual vigilance, as if it might be possible to foresee or even forestall disaster by keeping their eyes eternally glued to one another. Meanwhile, Edwina Moss concedes domestic control to the imagination and, finally, to the novel's governing spirit - the great culinary architect and chef to Napoleon, Antonin Careme.Each household in this fearsome literary labyrinth contributes to the entire perverse invention, their secret desires converging in Edwina Moss's final work: The Blancmange.
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|Grouped Work ID||de0bf570-f8f2-29ea-eac1-42c33d3a3e14|
|Grouping Author||davis kathryn|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-07-02 04:48:56AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-08-23 04:41:49AM|
|author||Davis, Kathryn, 1946-|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Adult Fiction|
|display_description||A surrealistic novel on two families in Philadelphia, one made up of real people, the other of dolls who have a life of their own. This is just one of several plots in the book. Another deals with the 19th century writer Edwina Moss, an expert on home economics, writing a book on Antonin Careme who was Napoleon's chef and became famous for his desserts. By the author of The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf.|
Arlington Public Library
Connection Crystal City
|title_full||Hell / a novel by Kathryn Davis|