Monkeys

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In this luminous story of family life--the first novel by Susan Minot, author of the highly acclaimed Evening--the seven Vincent children follow their Catholic mother to Mass and spend Thanksgiving with their father's aging parents who come from a world of New England priviledge. As they grow older, they meet with the perplexing lives of adults. Susan Minot writes with delicacy and a tremendous gift for the details that decorate domestic life, and when ...

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Overview

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

In this luminous story of family life--the first novel by Susan Minot, author of the highly acclaimed Evening--the seven Vincent children follow their Catholic mother to Mass and spend Thanksgiving with their father's aging parents who come from a world of New England priviledge. As they grow older, they meet with the perplexing lives of adults. Susan Minot writes with delicacy and a tremendous gift for the details that decorate domestic life, and when tragedy strikes she beautifully mines the children's tenderness for each other, and their aching guardianship of what they have.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Minot's prose possesses a thrilling eloquence, a heartbreaking clarity."--Newsday

"Not since J. D. Salinger has an American writer so feelingly evoked the special affections and loyalties that may develop among children in a large family."--The New York Times Book Review

"Striking and original.... Minot chronicles the mundane and miraculous moments that characterize family life, in prose that is exactingly realistic, yet delicately lyrical.... Few novels have so powerfully displayed the collective unity--and joy--of family life."--Chicago Tribune

"Susan Minot's funny, wry and profoundly moving novel of a large and gawky family in Massachusetts is full of quiet surprises.... Minot is masterful at showing us the chaos of a young family forming and reforming itself. But it is the absolute simplicity of her observation--always selective, often eccentric--that astounds us for its clarity time after time."--San Francisco Chronicle

Library Journal
Minot's 1989 Lust offers a dozen stories involving relationships among young New Yorkers. Monkeys, a 1986 novel, portrays the children of a large New England family who try to cope when their mother--their anchor--dies. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Minot chronicles the family life of Gus and Rosie Vincent and their seven children, dubbed ``monkeys'' by their mother. Rosie, or ``Mum,'' is the most vibrant character, creating a secure home for her children as she tries to mask her husband's alcholism and counter his withdrawal from the family. Minot has a fine eye for detail and a talent for creating tension through half-revealed clues in dialogue. However, because the book is very short, involves many characters, and spans roughly 13 years, the development of other characters is not satisfying. The chapters are rather disparate, the first, in fact, having a different narrator than the others. The final chapter, ``Thorofare,'' was included in The Best American Short Stories of 1984 and is perhaps the strongest section, providing a moving ending to an otherwise uneven novel. Lucinda Ann Peck, Learning Design Associates, Gahanna, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375708367
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 366,623
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Minot
Susan Minot lives in New York City.
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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    Susan Minot has an original writing style

    Monkeys is not for everyone. I can see how it might leave readers vexed and frankly annoyed. The reason behind this of course is Minot's personal writing style. She makes a conscious choice to force the reader to read between the lines in order to understand the story. It was because of Minot's writing style that I loved this novel. Monkeys is not just a piece of literature, this book is a piece of art. It is new and different, you have to take time with it but in the end it is time well spent. Minot's novel has an odd disjointed narrative voice. Monkeys is made up of nine stories, not one of which is told in the same voice. I don't dislike that, in fact I find it fascinating and inspired. Because the book is told chronologically by some of the children of the Vincent family it makes sense that the voices would change as the children mature. They see things that always existed in a different light and the way the story is told reflects that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

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    This is sooo werid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Kris

    Y don't make urself older?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Monkeys!

    Monkeys are my sister!!!!!!

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    Posted August 6, 2011

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