Little Hands Clapping

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Canongate Books, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The cult storyteller's most original, outrageous, and heart-rending work yet--a wicked novel perfect for (grown-up) fans of Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, Scarlett Thomas, The Mighty Boosh, and Roald Dahl   In a room above a bizarre German museum, far from the prying eyes of strangers, lives the Old Man. Caretaker of the museum by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken by the occasional crunch of a spider between his blackened teeth. The Old Man, the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans, and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk all find their lives thrown together as they uncover a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world. From its sinister opening to its explosive denouement, this dark tale blends lavishly entertaining storytelling with Rhodes's macabre imagination, entrancing originality, and magical touch.

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About the author (2011)

Dan Rhodes is the author of Anthropology, Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love, Gold, and Timoleon Vieta Come Home, which was included in Barnes and Noble's Discover New Writers program. He was the winner of the 2010 E. M. Forster Awards, an annual award given to an Irish or British writer by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to fund a period of travel in the U.S., and in 2003 he was named by Granta magazine as one of their 20 Best of Young British Novelists.

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