Blow Your House Down

Blow Your House Down

by Pat Barker
     
 

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A city and its people are in the grip of a killer who is roaming the northern city, singling out prostitutes. The face of his latest victim stares out from every newspaper and billboard, haunting the women who walk the streets. But life and work go on. Brenda, with three children, can't afford to give up while Audrey, now in her forties, desperately goes on

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A city and its people are in the grip of a killer who is roaming the northern city, singling out prostitutes. The face of his latest victim stares out from every newspaper and billboard, haunting the women who walk the streets. But life and work go on. Brenda, with three children, can't afford to give up while Audrey, now in her forties, desperately goes on 'working the cars'.

And then, when another women is savagely murdered, Jean, her lover, takes desperate measures...

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Barker's creative vision is as in touch with the psychologically primordial as Melville's—HARPER'S

Swift, spare, and utterly absorbing ... [Barker] makes us see her characters from within... and thereby reveals the full individuality and humanity of women who have got short shrift both in literature and in life—NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Barker's talent for gently sifting through the hidden depths of the human psyche is awesome—NOVA

Katha Pollitt
''Blow Your House Down'' is swift, spare and utterly absorbing - you'll probably read it in one tense sitting....If the plot could have used some rethinking, the novel nonetheless presents a remarkable portrait of the women themselves. Literature is full of prostitutes, of course, but most of them are male fantasies of one sort or another....Mrs. Barker is able to make us see her characters from within, as they see themselves, and thereby reveals the full individuality and humanity of women who have got short shrift both in literature and in life. That makes Pat Barker a feminist. It also makes her a wonderful writer. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780860683988
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
06/01/1990
Series:
Virago Modern Classics
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
981,704
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Pat Barker was born in 1943. She was chosen in 1983 as one of the twenty 'Best of Young British' novelists and won the Booker Prize with The Ghost Road in 1995. She lives in Durham.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Durham, England
Date of Birth:
May 8, 1943
Place of Birth:
Thornaby-on-Tees, England
Education:
London School of Economics; Durham University

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