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Mother Land

Paul Theroux

A richly detailed, darkly hilarious novel of a family held together and torn apart by its narcissistic matriarch To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is the selfish, petty tyrant of Mother Land. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages. As she lives well past the age of 100, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold on them. Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent's narcissism impacts a family. While the particulars of this tale are unique, Theroux encapsulates with acute clarity and wisdom a circumstance that is familiar to legions of readers. And beyond offering the shock and comfort of recognition, Mother Land presents for everyone an engrossing, heartbreaking, and often funny saga of a vast family that bickers, colludes, connives, and ultimately overcomes the painful ties that bind them.

A richly detailed, darkly hilarious novel of a family held together and torn apart by its narcissistic matriarch To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is the selfish, petty tyrant of Mother Land. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages. As she lives well past the age of 100, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold on them. Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent's narcissism impacts a family. While the particulars of this tale are unique, Theroux encapsulates with acute clarity and wisdom a circumstance that is familiar to legions of readers. And beyond offering the shock and comfort of recognition, Mother Land presents for everyone an engrossing, heartbreaking, and often funny saga of a vast family that bickers, colludes, connives, and ultimately overcomes the painful ties that bind them.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A richly detailed, darkly hilarious novel of a family held together and torn apart by its narcissistic matriarch To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is the selfish, petty tyrant of Mother Land. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages. As she lives well past the age of 100, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold on them. Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent's narcissism impacts a family. While the particulars of this tale are unique, Theroux encapsulates with acute clarity and wisdom a circumstance that is familiar to legions of readers. And beyond offering the shock and comfort of recognition, Mother Land presents for everyone an engrossing, heartbreaking, and often funny saga of a vast family that bickers, colludes, connives, and ultimately overcomes the painful ties that bind them.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jefferson Mays

Length:

23h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

52:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

46:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

39:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

27:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

22:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

24:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

22:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

31:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

24:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

30:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

37:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

27:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

19:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

22:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

25:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

21:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

24:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

29:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

25:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

28:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

21:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

19:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:28


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:57