Man at the Helm: A Novel

Man at the Helm: A Novel

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

From the writer of the hugely acclaimed Love, Nina comes a sharply funny debut novel about a gloriously eccentric family.

Soon after her parents' separation, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel moves with her siblings and newly single mother to a tiny village in the English countryside, where the new neighbors are horrified by their unorthodox ways and fatherless household. Lizzie's theatrical mother only invites more gossip by spending… (more)

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“Man at the Helm” is densely peppered with funny lines, but even more striking is the sustained energy of the writing. In almost all the space between jokes, there remains a witty atmosphere, a playful effect sentence by sentence.

It’s not too much of a stretch to conclude that “Man at the Helm,” with its jauntily ­matter-of-fact social satire, wouldn’t be out of place on the same shelf as “Cold Comfort Farm” and “I Capture the Castle.”


Book Details  


Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 10, 2015)

Parent ISBN: 9780316286749

Page count: 320 pages

File size: 1.2 MB

Language: English


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