Egg Dancing

Egg Dancing

by Liz Jensen
     
 

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When a gynecologist and his wife experiment with fertility, they produce an unusual son who at four communicates telepathically with his crazy grandmother. Then there is the wife's groupie sister who follows a seductive televangelist. For anyone who ever thought they were sane and that doctors and psychiatrists should be locked up, here is an utterly offbeat story

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When a gynecologist and his wife experiment with fertility, they produce an unusual son who at four communicates telepathically with his crazy grandmother. Then there is the wife's groupie sister who follows a seductive televangelist. For anyone who ever thought they were sane and that doctors and psychiatrists should be locked up, here is an utterly offbeat story about the perfect dysfunctional family.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fertility, televangelism and psychiatry froth in the test tube of this wacky comic debut by British novelist Jensen. English homemaker Hazel Stevenson is certain that her gynecologist husband, Gregory, is having an affair with Dr. Ruby Gonzalez, his lovely and possibly pregnant colleague at the Fertility Management Center, where Gregory is busy creating a drug that will "deselect" any but the most perfect fetus. The British tabloid press has dubbed it the "perfect baby drug"; the Reverend Vernon Carmichael of TV's Holy Hour thinks Gregory is a tool of the devil-an assessment Hazel is inclined to agree with when she discovers that their four-year-old son, Billy, is the result of an early experiment. Determined to expose Gregory, Hazel enlists the help of Dr. Ishmael Stern of the Manxheath Institute of Challenged Stability, where her paranoid schizophrenic mother, Moira Sugden, is a patient. But Dr. Stern's help includes a course of "enhanced vitamins" that results in Hazel being committed to Manxheath. That leaves her sister, Linda, Assistant Manager (Butter Sub-Unit) of the government's Edible Fats Policy, as the only member of the Sugden family free of psychiatric bondage. And it's she who comes up with the consummate plan to foil Gregory, Ruby and their newborn perfect baby. Yes, the story is often overwhelmed by delusions, hallucinations and trips through altered reality. But Jensen has a real gift for wickedly black humor-and enough stylistic panache to hold a reader's attention firmly through the thicket of her excesses. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879517847
Publisher:
Overlook Press, The
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.84(d)

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