Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

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Scribner Book Company
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5.62 X 8.19 X 1.09 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author
Maddie Mortimer was born in 1996. She received her BA in English literature from the University of Bristol. She lives in London, where she works as a screenwriter and an author. Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is her first novel.
"This striking novel takes a formally inventive approach to a woman's terminal-cancer diagnosis... Sadness is not allowed to crowd out wit and joy, and Mortimer asks readers to think about death as something that 'does not happen in the first or third person, but in the second.'"--The New Yorker

"This is a touching, eye-opening perspective on life and illness like you've never read before."--Good Housekeeping

"Ambitious... Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies sets its own terms."--The Guardian

"English novelist Mortimer's debut novel is a poetic story of a woman and the cancer that consumes her body... Using word placement, font, and shape to create images on the page, Mortimer deepens the reader's engagement with the story and characters ... Through breathtaking attention to detail, Mortimer crafts a stunning novel that touches on the expanses one life can contain."--Booklist (starred)

"Maddie Mortimer's dazzling debut novel about a woman with breast cancer is a life-affirming read - all the more so because of its proximity to death... While there are many books that explore these themes, it is rare to find one that does so in such an immersive and harrowing way."--The Straits Times

"Both expansive and intimate, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is an intricate portrait of a life hurtling towards the inevitable. An extraordinary debut."--Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

"Here is a book to dance and sing about. An extraordinary, kaleidoscopic dive into language."--Daisy Johnson, author of Sisters

"An original and memorable novel written in shimmering prose. The characters stayed with me long after I'd finished reading."--Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater

"Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies is a beautiful novel about death that feels completely alive, pulsing with tenderness and wit." --Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From

"An extraordinary debut, unlike anything I've read. Wildly inventive, poetic and poignant, this is a rare gem of a novel that took my imagination to new places and touched my heart."--Emma Stonex, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lamplighters