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Mrs Caliban (Faber Editions)

Mrs Caliban (Faber Editions) by Rachel Ingalls

Author: Rachel Ingalls


Available on backorder


Page Count:128

Date Published:5 Aug 2021



The amphibious cult classic: a magical tale of a suburban housewife’s affair with a frogman …

Dorothy is a grieving housewife in the Californian suburbs; her husband is unfaithful, but they are too unhappy to get a divorce. One day, she is doing chores when she hears strange voices on the radio announcing that a green-skinned sea monster has escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research – but little does she expect him to arrive in her kitchen.

Muscular, vegetarian, sexually magnetic, Larry the frogman is a revelation – and their passionate affair takes them on a journey beyond their wildest dreams … Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs Caliban is a bittersweet fable, a subversive fairy tale, as magical today as it was four decades ago.

Praise for Mrs Caliban

‘Disturbing but seductive … Wonderful.’ Margaret Atwood

‘Perfect.’ Max Porter

‘Still outpaces, out-weirds, and out-romances anything today.’ Marlon James

‘A feminist masterpiece: tender, erotic, singular.’ Carmen Maria Machado’

‘Genius … A broadcast from a stranger and more dazzling dimension.’ Patricia Lockwood

‘Kind of weird and cool. ‘ Irvine Welsh

‘Genius … Like Revolutionary Road written by Franz Kafka …Exquisite.’ The Times

‘Incredibly liberates readers from the awfulness of convention to a state where weirdness and otherness are beautiful.’ Sarah Hall


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