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Last Things

by Offill, Jenny

  • ISBN: 9780374184056
  • ISBN10: 0374184054

Last Things

by Offill, Jenny

  • List Price: $23.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish date: 12/01/2006
  • ISBN: 9780374184056
  • ISBN10: 0374184054
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Description: Last Things tells the story of Grace Davitt, an eight-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small lakeside town in Vermont. Her mother, Anna, an ornithologist, once saw a monster in this take, which she believes may be a dinosaur that has somehow escaped extinction. Each morning, she photographs the dark water, hoping it will reappear. To Grace, the monster is more evidence that the world is full of mysterious things most people will never see. From her boy-genius baby-sitter, she has learned about invisible black holes from which no one can escape. From her mother, she has heard about the hyena men of Africa who devour their wives in their steep. From The Encyclopedia of the Unexplained, she has learned about children raised by wolves and men who suddenly burst into flames.

It is only Grace's father, a dedicated rationalist, who teaches her that the world is, in fact, well ordered and reasonable. For him the only truth is science, and, increasingly, he finds himself shut out by Anna as she draws Grace deeper and deeper into a strange world of myth and obsession.

Touching on extinction, madness, the breakdown of family, and, intriguingly, the way science can encourage contradictory readings of the world, Last Things will surely be hailed as one of the most assured and lyrical first novels of the year.

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