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Lanny
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Lanny
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Not far from London, there is a village. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.
Not far from London, there is a village. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.
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  • AudioFile Magazine This extraordinary audiobook, performed by a quartet of talented narrators, will have listeners devouring its fabulist story while wishing it would never end. The one-of-a-kind Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythological creature existing for centuries in the woods outside an English village, is brought to menacing life by David Timson's deep, raspy timbre and deliberate phrasing. Listeners hear forest sounds as Dead Papa Toothwort travels to the village edge to listen to a stream of conversational snippets vocalized in a spectacular array of accents and inflections. Dead Papa Toothwort's favorite is Lanny, whose sweet nature and acute intelligence are portrayed by Clare Corbett. For Lanny's mother, she employs a bright voice and nervous expression. The tension is almost unbearable when Lanny goes missing. An unforgettable listen. M.J. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from March 11, 2019
    In his bold second novel, Porter (Grief Is the Thing with Feathers) combines pastoral, satire, and fable in the entrancing tale of a boy who vanishes from an idyllic British village in the present day. Lanny is an elfin, perpetually singing child “more obviously made of the same atoms as the earth than most people these days seem to be.” He is a mystery to his parents, recent transplants to the picturesque, increasingly fashionable (and expensive) town: the mother is a former actress working on a gruesome novel, and the father’s a yuppie commuting to London. Lanny’s somewhat cloying eccentricity (“Which do you think is more patient, an idea or a hope?”) captivates a reclusive artist, “Mad Pete,” who gives him drawing lessons, and enchants Dead Papa Toothwort, the town’s ancient and resilient presiding spirit: “ build new homes, cutting into his belt, and he pops up adapted, to scare and define.” Toothwort is a mischievous, Green Man–esque deity who prowls the village “chew the noise of the place” and especially enjoys feasting on Lanny’s song. When Lanny goes missing, the suspicion falls on Mad Pete, and the resulting media blitz turns the village into a “hideous ecosystem of voyeurism,” exposing its rifts and class resentments. In the novel’s satisfying conclusion, Toothwort stages a hallucinatory play that reveals Lanny’s fate. This is a dark and thrilling excavation into a community’s legend-packed soil.

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