Shortlisted for the 2013 East Midlands Book AwardEntertaining Strangers is a tragi-comedy about the eccentric Edwin Prince - a depressive intellectual obsessed with high culture and ants - and the mysterious, homeless narrator Jules, who gradually unravels Edwin's impossible relationships with his landlady, neurotic mother, psychotic brother, domineering ex-wife, dead grandfather and, above all, his ant-farm.
At the same time, Jules continually experiences traumatic memories full of fire and water, and gradually a terrible pre-history emerges from beneath all of the other stories, which seems somehow to shape both Jules's fiery dreams and Edwin's obsessions - a great fire, massacre and one girl's drowning in Smyrna, 75 years earlier.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 320 pages, No
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 20/10/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781907773273
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