Number 11 (Hardcover)
A sequel of sorts to his earlier novel, The Winshaw Legacy, Coe's satirical novel, captures our egregious age perfectly. While engaging in sharp-eyed social and political observations, the novel gave me enormous pleasure. The number 11 can represent sin, transgression, and peril. All of these things you will find in abundance—this is the world in which we live after all.— From Greg
The long-awaited sequel to The Winshaw Legacy, the novel that introduced American readers to one of Britain's most exciting new writers--an acerbic, hilariously dark, and unflinching portrait of modern society.
The novel opens in the early aughts: two ten-year-olds, Alison and Rachel, have a frightening encounter with the "Mad Bird Woman" who lives down the road. As the narrative progresses through time, the novel envelops others who are connected to the girls: Alison's mother, a has-been singer, competing on a hit reality TV show; Rachel's university mentor confronting her late husband's disastrously obsessive search for a German film he saw as a child; a young police constable investigating the seemingly accidental and unrelated deaths of two stand-up comedians; the ludicrously wealthy family who hire Rachel as a nanny--under whose immense London mansion Rachel will discover a dark and terrifying secret. Psychological insight, social commentary, vicious satire, and even surrealist horror are combined in this highly accomplished work to hold up a revealing, disquieting mirror to the world we live in today.
About the Author
JONATHAN COE's awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Entranger, the Prix Medicis Etranger, and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing. He lives in London with his wife and their two daughters.