The Red House (Paperback)

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June 2012 Indie Next List


“Haddon is a master craftsman, and one of the great delights of The Red House is the way he seamlessly weaves together a narrative from the perspectives of a number of extremely different individuals. Focusing on two families on a trip to the country -- each with their own issues and secrets -- and the interplay between characters, Haddon has given us another wonderful and surprising novel.”
— Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI

Description


Washington Post Best Book of the Year

From Mark Haddon, the bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, comes a dazzlingly inventive novel about modern family life.

Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister and her family to join his family for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Against the backdrop of a strange family gathering, Haddon skillfully weaves together the stories of eight very different people forced into close quarters. The Red House is a symphony of long-held grudges, fading dreams and rising hopes, tightly guarded secrets and illicit desires, painting a portrait of contemporary family life that is at once bittersweet, comic, and deeply felt.

About the Author


Mark Haddon's work as an author includes" A Spot of Bother, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Real Porky Philips", "Agent Z" and "Titch Johnson" "- Almost World Champion". His work for television includes "Coming Down the Mountain", "Fungus the Bogeyman "and "Microsoap". "Polar Bears" (2010) was Mark Haddon's first work for the theatre. Simon Stephens has been the recipient of both the Pearson Award for Best New Play 2001-2 for his play "Port", and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2005 for "On the Shore of the Wide World". His recent plays include "Harper Regan" (National Theatre), " Punk Rock" (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange, Manchester), "Pornography "(Traverse and Birmingham Rep), "Wastwater "(Royal Court and Wiener Festwochen), "The Trial of Ubu "(Hampstead Theatre) and "Three Kingdoms" (Lyric Hammersmith).

Praise For…


“Absorbing. . . . Brilliant. . . . Haddon wends a careful path in this novel between the effervescent comedy of quirky families and the bitter tragedy of dysfunctional ones.”
The Washington Post

“Haddon delivers a story of remarkable complexity, exploring the rich interior lives of his characters. . . . Impressive.”
USA Today

“Particularly fresh and true.”
O, the Oprah Magazine

“A chaotic but truthful portrait of what family means in this narcissistic age: less a cohesive whole than a group of individuals bumping against each other with their own needs, disappointments and . . . victories.”
The Seattle Times

“In this absorbing, Virginia Woolf-esque novel . . . an extended family gathers for a week in the English countryside. Perfect (or not) for that holiday with the in-laws.” —People Magazine

“The story unfolds from all eight characters’ points of view, a tricky strategy that pays off, letting Haddon dig convincingly into all of the failures, worries, and weaknesses that they can’t leave behind.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Engaging. . . . The quality of the writing allows us to know this extended clan, who are on a week’s holiday, better than they know each other.”
—The Independent (London)

“The language of [The Red House] is wonderful—particular, vivid, attentive.”
The Plain Dealer

“Mark Haddon is terrifyingly talented.”
—The Times (London)

“Each of the characters acts as a splintered bit of mirror for the others, so that the reader sees them all from multiple perspectives. . . . Satisfying and believable. . . . Haddon writes with a gentle, compassionate sense of irony.”
The Columbus Dispatch 

“[A] hugely enjoyable, sympathetic novel. . . . It is a book of minor revelations and slow-release secrets.”
—The Observer (London)

“Haddon peers inside the messy dynamics of a group of relatives, each grappling with their own fears and trying to make sense of themselves as a family. . . . [The novel] braids together themes of sexual identity, parental insecurity and sibling rivalry, and no one gets away unscathed.”
—NPR

“Haddon delights in winkling . . . social misfits out of their natural habitats and thrusting them into very English comedies of discombobulation and befuddlement.” —The New York Times

“[Haddon] writes like a dream. Never showy, but often lyrically descriptive, he takes the reader with him to the core of this crazy family. . . . He has a true understanding of the human heart.”
The Spectator (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307949257
ISBN-10: 0307949257
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Pages: 272
Language: English