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Spinners Paperback – 6 Feb 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (6 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846880351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846880353
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,109,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"Bright, witty, and hilarious: McCarten knows exactly how far he can push the envelope, and he doesn't let up until the last minute. More, please".

-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

?McCarten is part barker, part juggler, part aerialist. . . . While never losing his humor, McCarten seriously considers how discombobulating a story . . . can be in an unstable society.?--"New York Times?An amusing portrait of a tiny New Zealand town struggling to cope with teenage sexuality, bad PR, and space aliens.?--"Los Angeles Times ?McCarten keenly juxtaposes the absurd and the grotesque, hilarity and pain. . . . [His] ability to evoke the many faces of a small town by juggling simultaneous scenes and multiple subplots is almost Dickensian. . . . McCarten shares Dickens' capacity to borrow the harsh lines and humor of caricature without sacrificing the humanity of his characters.?--"San Francisco Examiner?McCarten takes his readers on an amusing, cynical and often tender romp through small-town New Zealand. . . . ["Spinners] has an often dark and quite wicked sense of humor.?--"Washington Times?A remarkably sweet and tender love story of a very odd and affecting sort.?--"San Diego Tribune?A clever plot and solid characters make ["Spinners] a laugh-out-loud treat.?--"Tampa Tribune?Zippy dialogue, fantastically funny characters . . . "Spinners is a fun romp and commentary on our scandal-hungry culture.?--"St. Petersburg Times?[McCarten's] dramatist's ear for language comes through beautifully . . . All is not what it seems in "Spinners, a quiet, graceful novel about the yearnings of the human heart.?--"Minneapolis Star Tribune?There are enough lustrous passages in "Spinners to give it a translucent glow'alien spaceship or not.?--"Newsday [McCarten's] wry, lighthearted treatment of a bizarre situation often gives way to little, thoughtful moments that betray larger emotionaltruths.?--"Santa Rosa Press Democrat?Thoroughly engrossing . . . bright, witty and hilarious: McCarten knows exactly how far he can push the envelope, and he doesn't let up until the very last minute. More, please.?--"Kirkus Reviews (starred)?One of New Zealand's best-known playwrights explores the powers of the imagination when confronted with seemingly inexplicable events. McCarten has wrapped a mystery around contemporary issues . . . in this fine fiction debut.?--"Booklist (starred)

"A fun and wacky romp, filled with vivid description and offbeat characters." "--Library Journal"

"There are enough lustrous passages in "Spinners" to give it a translucent glow--alien spaceship or not." "--Newsday"

"Combines the cultural savvy of an episode of "The Simpsons" with the formally meticulous confusion/resolution of a Shakespeare comedy." "--The Times Literary Supplement"

"In fooling around with a narrative that has enough resemblance to a parable to be able to pass as one, McCarten is part barker, part juggler, part aerialist." "--The New York Times Book Review"

"Like something straight out of a fantasy and a thoroughly engrossing one at that. Bright, witty, and hilarious: McCarten knows exactly how far he can push the envelope, and he doesn't let up until the very last minute. More, please." "--Kirkus Reviews"

"A beautifully constructed comedy which wryly observes a small town's follies with a subtle-but-hip sensibility. A Kiwi-flavored Garrison Keillor." "--Esquire", Books of the Year

Spinners combines the cultural savvy of an episode of The Simpsons with the formally meticulous confusion/resolution of a Shakespeare comedy . . . McCarten s lively prose style is a pleasure to read. - Times Literary Supplement

A beautifully constructed comedy which wryly observes a small town s foibles with a subtle-but-hip sensibility. - Esquire, Books of the Year

McCarten is part barker, part juggler, part aerialist. He hangs attributes on his characters as if they were caps and bells, and he has these unwitting jesters say and do thigh-slapping things . . . - New York Times Book Review

Bright, witty and hilarious: McCarten knows exactly how far to push the envelope, and he doesn t let up until the last minute. - Kirkus Reviews

McCarten's dramatic gifts - with characterization, plot, dialogue and humour - shine through this sparkling novel. Domestic violence, the frustrations of small-town life, the blessings of beauty and pain of ugliness, the boredom of factory work - all of these are woven into a story which is a quirky good read an entertaining expression of the zeitgeist. - The Observer

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"Spinners combines the cultural savvy of an episode of The Simpsons with the formally meticulous confusion/resolution of a Shakespeare comedy . . . McCarten's lively prose style is a pleasure to read." - Times Literary Supplement

"A beautifully constructed comedy which wryly observes a small town's foibles with a subtle-but-hip sensibility." - Esquire, Books of the Year

"McCarten is part barker, part juggler, part aerialist. He hangs attributes on his characters as if they were caps and bells, and he has these unwitting jesters say and do thigh-slapping things . . ." - New York Times Book Review

"Bright, witty and hilarious: McCarten knows exactly how far to push the envelope, and he doesn't let up until the last minute." - Kirkus Reviews

"McCarten's dramatic gifts - with characterization, plot, dialogue and humour - shine through this sparkling novel. Domestic violence, the frustrations of small-town life, the blessings of beauty and pain of ugliness, the boredom of factory work - all of these are woven into a story which is a quirky good read an entertaining expression of the zeitgeist." - The Observer

Synopsis

In this sprightly, quirky novel, McCarten adeptly describes the snowballing effects of national publicity and town gossip. Teenage meat-packer Delia Chapman's claim that she has encountered a group of aliens is at first considered temporary insanity because of the stresses of her job. For how else can her story, which gains her instant tabloid fame and the envy of her catty friends, be explained? Things get stranger when Delia realizes she's pregnant, but remembers little more of her supernatural experience than lights and noise. When two of Delia's friends also disclose their pregnancies and likewise blame the spacemen, the town of Opunake begins to buzz with reporters.

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