Little Gods, Paperback Book
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An adventure, a black comedy, a fairy tale of sorts and a romance, Little Gods tells the story of larger-than-life Jean Clocker, whose birth challenges the very balance of nature and whose body resists all attempts to contain it.

A girl -- and later, woman -- of unusual size and strength, fitting in is never an option for Jean, but it takes the chaos of war -- and, later, America -- to persuade her to fully appreciate her extraordinary stature. 'A gorgeous, sprawling novel and a rich, colourful tale' Metro 'Four hundred and thirty-one pages of glory' HELEN OYEYEMI 'A wonderfully inventive ode to being different' FT 'Rich, gaudy, clever and irrepressible' ALI SMITH 'A startlingly original first novel by a remarkable new talent' Independent


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I'm sorry to disagree with the reader below, but I thought this was a great book, and not at all wordy.An English seaside resort, at the start of World War 2. Jean Clocker is 19, and has had an unpleasant life with a vindictive, uncaring mother. Her self-esteem is non-existent, having been told all her life that she is ugly and good for nothing and seeing that, through being so much taller than most, she is somehow different. Jean grows up tormented by the question "What am I for?"When she is befriended by beautiful Gloria, Jean starts to see that she may have options other than working herself into the ground to support her ungrateful mother, and she soon finds work as an 'Amazon', clearing bomb sites of debris and putting her size and strength to good use.Jean's friendship with Gloria carries them both forward, albeit in different directions. Though often foiled in her efforts to lead an "ordinary" life, Jean's life leads her down some extraordinary roads that make very interesting reading.The character of Jean is very well-drawn and sympathetic. I found myself wondering what would happen to her next as I was at work during the day, unable to start reading again till I got home. I haven't revealed too much about the plot here in case it spoils anyone's enjoyment of the book. I'm no expert, but as a reader I found the author's writing wonderfully descriptive and her humour deliciously biting. Little Gods is a warm-hearted book - it has a touch of vaudeville, some Hollywood glamour and a whole lot of Blitz spirit.

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