Mother's Milk: A Novel

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Open City Books, 2005 - Fiction - 235 pages
17 Reviews
Writing with the scathing wit and bright perceptiveness for which he has become known, celebrated English author Edward St. Aubyn creates a complex family portrait that examines the shifting allegiances between mothers, sons, and husbands. The novel's perspective ricochets among all members of the Melrose family-the family featured in St. Aubyn's widely praised trilogy, Some Hope-starting with Robert, who provides an exceptionally droll and convincing account of being born; to Patrick, a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favor of his sons; to Mary, who's consumed by her children and overwhelming desire not to repeat the mistakes of her own mother. All the while, St. Aubyn examines the web of false promises that entangle this once illustrious family-whose last vestige of wealth, an old house in the south of France-is about to be donated by Patrick's mother to a New Age foundation. An up-to-the-minute dissection of the mores of child-rearing, marriage, adultery, and assisted suicide, Mother's Milk showcases St. Aubyn's luminous and acidic prose-and his masterful ability to combine the most excruciating emotional pain with the dryest comedy. Postpartum depression will never have the same meaning after Mother's Milk is absorbed into the bloodstream of American culture.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Patrick Melrose novel four shows Patrick as a father and in competition with his youngest son (Thomas) for the affection of his wife Mary. We also spend considerable time getting the point of view of ... Read full review

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User Review  - eadieburke - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book very much. It is well-written with lots of humor. Some parts are rather depressing though. Narrated from the viewpoints of the different family members made for a very interesting ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2005)

Born in 1960, Edward St Aubyn is the author of four highly praised novels, "Never Mind (winner of the Betty Trask Award 1992), "Bad News, "Some Hope and "On the Edge. He lives in London and France.

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