The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

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5.5 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Lionel Shriver's novels include The New Republic, So Much for That, The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.


"A provocative and very funny page-turner..." -- Wall Street Journal

"....[A] powerful work...Prescient, imaginative and funny, it also asks deep questions." -- The Economist

"Hilarious, brilliant new novel..." -- Elle

"Known for tackling big contemporary issues head-on, Shriver deals skilfully here with the implications of economic meltdown. The novel, set in a near-ish future, tells of the plight of the once wealthy Mandible family and the decline of four generations into penury, thieving and prostitution." -- Financial Times (A Summer Pick of 2016)

"[Shriver has] a sharp social eye and a blistering comic streak, and her focus on nailing down the economic nitty-gritty of her plot is only one piece of the great, disconcerting fun she has in sending the world as we know it so vividly to hell." -- The New Yorker's Page-Turner Blog

"Shriver has always seemed to be at least a few steps ahead of the rest of us, but her new novel establishes her firmly as the Cassandra of American letters....I don't remember the last time a novel held me so enduringly in its grip." -- New York Times Book Review

"It's scaring the hell out of me." -- Tracy Chevalier

The world that the Mandible family must negotiate is evoked in seamless detail... One thing I really like is her coining of made-up slang for her younger generation of characters and her resolutely materialist analysis of what could be coming. -- Jane Smiley, The Guardian

"Distinctly chilling." -- Independent (UK)

"This is a sharp, smart, snarky satire of every conspiracy theory and hot button political issue ever spun; one that, at first glance, might induce an absurdist chuckle, until one realizes that it is based on an all-too-plausible reality." -- Booklist (starred review)