Mother's Milk: A Novel (The Patrick Melrose Novels #4) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 4 in the The Patrick Melrose Novels series.


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Man Booker–shortlisted Mother's Milk, the fourth installment in Edward St. Aubyn's wonderful, wry, and profound Patrick Melrose Cycle, sees Patrick as a lawyer, married, with a five-year-old child and another on the way.

The novel shifts points of view from Patrick—furious over his mother's decision to sell their mansion in the South of France to a ridiculous New Age hippie—to Patrick's wife, overburdened by motherhood, to Patrick's mother, growing senile and despondent, and even to Patrick's young son Robert, who reflects with hilarious and disturbing clarity on the moments of his birth.

About the Author

Edward St. Aubyn was born in London in 1960. He is the author of A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge; a series of novels about the Melrose family, including the trilogy Some Hope; and Mother’s Milk, which was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.

Praise For…

“The Melrose novels are a masterwork for the twenty-first century, written by one of the great prose stylists in England.” —Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“When I read St. Aubyn I'm floored over and over again by the warmth and intelligence and eloquence of his work....Gorgeous, golden prose.” —Lev Grossman, Time on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“On every page of St. Aubyn's work is a sentence or a paragraph that prompts a laugh or a moment of enriched comprehension....Many of the scenes have a delicious, oysterish kind of edible comedy--they read smoothly and go down very easily, like something out of Anthony Powell.” —James Wood, The New Yorker on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Read as one long novel, these books form a portrait of a man that feels more alive and true than nearly any I can think of in literature. The Melrose novels have inspired me, changed me, and left me wholly dissatisfied with everything I have read since.” —Ann Patchett, The Guardian on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Why did it take me so long to fall in love with the brilliant novels of Edward St. Aubyn?” —Bret Easton Ellis on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Edward St. Aubyn's [novels] are so intoxicatingly witty that their high seriousness may not be immediately apparent. This intrinsic to his ferociously comic vision.” —The New York Review of Books on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

“Writing reviews you spend a lot of time typing out the sentences of other people, i.e., quoting. Usually this is dull work; with St. Aubyn, it's a joy.” —Zadie Smith, Harper's Magazine on the Patrick Melrose Cycle

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250769169
ISBN-10: 1250769167
Publisher: Picador Modern Classics
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 400
Series: The Patrick Melrose Novels