Dead Babies

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - Fiction - 220 pages
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If the Marquis de Sade were to crash one of P. G. Wodehouse's house parties, the chaos might resemble the nightmarishly funny goings-on in this novel by the author of London Fields. The residents of Appleseed Rectory have primed themselves both for a visit from a triad of Americans and a weekend of copious drug taking and sexual gymnastics. There's even a heifer to be slugged and a pair of doddering tenants to be ingeniously harassed. But none of these variously bright and dull young things has counted on the intrusion of "dead babies" -- dreary spasms of reality. Or on the uninvited presence of a mysterious prankster named Johnny, whose sinister idea of fun makes theirs look like a game of backgammon.


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Mid-twenties mastery of prosody is a powerful compliment I can lob his way, but the irreverence of spending time with such baldly self-involved pricks made it somewhat of a drudgery to get through.

Contents

COnTenTS
main CHaraCTers
part one FrIDAY
LeTS GO
rOUTIne
SOUnDS FUnnY
nICearrows
aPPLeseeD recTOry
THereaL THInG aGaIn
THOSe COnVerSaTIOnS
PLaCeMenTS
CUnnInG STUnTS
WHITeHeaD
HIS LUCenT GIrLFrIenDS
PLUS WHICH
CrUeL BODY

FaT CHance
PenTHOUSe CLOUDSCaPe
From THe PaIn
GInanD Tears
QUenTIn
THe HUman WIGWam
TaLL anD GOOD
a SOrT OF DaYDream
OUT HeresomewHere
meanDereD UP amerICa
a HeavY FIre OF eYes
some BUSH
OH nO
COLLaPSInG BaLLOOn
DIana
DOWn UnKnown PaTHS
WHOS He?
DrunK SPace
HeaVY WaTer
THe PSYCHOLOGIC reVUe
THe LUGUBrIOUS BOOGIe
THe OLD COPS
YanKeD
SILenCeanD DaY
part two       SaTUrDaY
GILeS
PICKInG UP SPeeD
THe COOL DOVeS
BUT WHaTS PerFeCT
BreaKFaST
LaGGInG TIme
WArS anD SHIT
THe BILLeTDOUX
Wan WInDOWS
a BIT PermanenT
THeSe DaYS
HeLL OF a PLaCe
CeLIa
JUST CHeCKeD OUT
TearTraCKS
THe LUmBar TranSFer
TOO GOOD TO WaSTe
DOnT Be DISGUSTInG
IT STarTeD STranGeLY
OLD DreaDS
eVerYTHInG WILL BemaD
SOmeTHInG TO DO
anDY
InTO THemIDDLeaIr
GHOSTLY PerIODS
THeanTIDOTe
HIGH Tea Or Here We GO aGaIn
SeemS SILLY nOW
no more GameS
SPrInG CLean
WHITe room
WronG YeSTerDaYS
part threeSUnDaY 
JOHnnY
THe COmInG LIGHTS
THaT SaD WeLCOme
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