The Hero of This Book

Elizabeth McCracken


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Vintage Publishing
2 November 2023
ISBN: 9781529919653
192 pages

From the publisher

'A sublime gift' MEG MASON

A taut, ground-breaking new novel about a writer's relationship with her larger-than-life mother - and about the very nature of writing.

Ten months after her mother's death, the narrator of The Hero of This Book walks across London on a quiet Sunday. The city was a favourite of her mother's, and as the narrator wanders the streets, she finds herself recalling all that made her complicated mother extraordinary. Even though the woman, a writer, wants to respect her mother's nearly pathological sense of privacy, she must decide whether making a chronicle of this remarkable life constitutes an act of love or betrayal.

* A New Yorker, Time, Washington Post, Oprah Daily and NPR Book of the Year *

'I absolutely loved it. A moving portrayal of daughterhood...suffused with warmth and love' MEGAN HUNTER, author of The Harpy

'Confirms McCracken as among the finest contemporary chroniclers of everyday life... wonderful' GUARDIAN

'Tender, funny, heartbreaking... a writer who always delights' RUMAAN ALAM, author of Leave the World Behind