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Lanny
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
An entrancing new novel by the author of the prizewinning Grief Is the Thing with Feathers There’s a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land and to the land’s past. It also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure local schoolchildren used to draw as green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious nap. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to its symphony of talk: drunken confessions, gossip traded on the street corner, fretful conversations in living rooms. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, ethereal boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny. With Lanny, Max Porter extends the potent and magical space he created in Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. This brilliant novel will ensorcell readers with its anarchic energy, with its bewitching tapestry of fabulism and domestic drama. Lanny is a ringing defense of creativity, spirit, and the generative forces that often seem under assault in the contemporary world, and it solidifies Porter’s reputation as one of the most daring and sensitive writers of his generation.
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youneverarrived
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I‘ve had a bit of a down in the dumps kind of day at work so I went to the second hand bookshop in town and found a Persephone for Qb ? and then I come home to #bookmail from the lovely @kathedron ? thank you so much, so kind of you Kate ? really cheered me up. I almost bought this one myself last week. #jbuk

kathedron You are very welcome, Katie: hope you enjoy your new books! ❤ 6d
Cathythoughts How lovely! I just got this too on Audible... i think it will be a good one 👍🏻♥️ 6d
squirrelbrain Books can be the best tonic... hope tomorrow is a better work day 😘 6d
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LeahBergen Lovely! 6d
Aimeesue Mollie Panter-Downes❤️❤️❤️ 6d
UwannaPublishme How cool! Wishing you happier days at work. ❤️ 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you enjoy your new books, they sound good 👍 6d
batsy Lovely books! Enjoy them. 6d
youneverarrived @kathedron thank you 😘 6d
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts ohh you‘ll have to let me know what you think. I think it‘ll be a good one on audio. 6d
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks Helen ♥️ 6d
youneverarrived @Aimeesue it‘ll be the first book I‘ve read by her 💕 6d
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie ♥️ 6d
youneverarrived @batsy thank you ♥️ 6d
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ReadingEnvy
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The audiobook version of Lanny by Max Porter feels like a combination of others that I like. Mix part Reservoir 13 and The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor (sleepy village, child goes missing, multiple perspectives) with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (small child interacting with the supernatural, in this case Dead Papa Toothwort,) family and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (community members with conflicting narratives.) #hoopla

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Lindy
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Mythic nature meets modern English life in this joyous, eerie, propulsive novel about creativity, friendship, and our connections to place. Four different #audiobook narrators skillfully perform the kaleidoscopic viewpoints. Think George Saunders‘ Lincoln in the Bardo, Jon McGregor‘s Reservoir 13 & Melissa Harrison‘s At Hawthorn Time. 💚

andrew61 I've not read Lincoln in the bardo but the other 2 are amongst my favourite reads recently so will definitely give it a go. 1w
Lindy @andrew61 oh yes! I do think you will enjoy this. 1w
Cathythoughts Sounds good. I have this lined up on Audible ♥️👍🏻 1w
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Lindy @Cathythoughts Excellent! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 1w
readordierachel I really enjoyed this on audio too. So atmospheric! 1w
Lindy @readordierachel Atmospheric is a great description. 👍 1w
ReadingEnvy I started listening to this today while I made a cake. 1w
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Lindy
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Sidewalk tableau a few days ago. 💕#audiowalk

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Shvonne
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This a strange book in a good way. I‘m not sure how to explain it without spoilers.

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Booksnchill
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I loved this book- is it a novel, a prose poem, something completely of itself? Lanny is a special boy. He has a unique connection to things, nature, the spirit of a place, the spirit of others. His mother takes him to “Mad Pete” a famous artist and eccentric in the village to nurture his creativity (yay mom). Dead Papa Toothwort awakes, things go awry and Lanny is missing- how a village responds is the 2nd half of this short work. 5⭐️language

Emilymdxn I‘m so glad you loved this too! 2w
Booksnchill @Emilymdxn such an achievement. I will go back and read Grief is a thing with Feathers now. And what blurbs this book has- we are in good company👍 2w
Emilymdxn I didn‘t love grief is a thing with feathers when I read it, I kinda bailed on it cause it was too weird, now I‘ve loved Lanny so much I think I should give it another chance 2w
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Abailliekaras
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Lanny is different, lives in his own world & flourishes with love from his mother & art classes with ‘Mad Pete‘. Events bring out the best & worst of people: a fear of strangeness comes to the fore (but also compassion). Dead Papa Toothwort - inspired by & satirising in part, English folklore - is handled beautifully within realist story. I loved the rhythm & economy of the writing. Nuanced characters; true portrayal of motherhood & small towns.

Cinfhen Great review 💜glad you enjoyed 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m so interested in this, I really liked his first book 👌 2w
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen thank you! @Kalalalatja I hope you enjoy it! 2w
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I recently got this on Audible... looking forward to it 2w
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rmaclean4
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May 2019 reading: Outstanding reading month. The real standout for me was Lanny by Max Porter. Is definitely one of the best books I have read this year!
The Plotters: Un-Su Kim 4.5 🌟
Lanny: Max Porter 5 🌟
Milkman: Anna Burns 4 🌟
Eloquent Rage: Brittney Cooper 4 🌟
The Wicked King: Holly Black 2 🌟
The Stone Sky: N. K. Jemisin 4 🌟
3 audio and 3 physical books

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Twocougs
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If I woke tomorrow with one wish I could only use on myself, I would ask to write as beautifully and as uniquely as Max Porter. I ❤️ his books and Lanny is no exception. Perfection in 210 pages.

Emilymdxn I totally agreed! 3w
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Abailliekaras
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Bedtime reading 😴

Cinfhen I think @shawnmooney recently reviewed this book....or maybe he mentioned it 3w
emz711 I did! So what do you think Dead Papa Toothwort is? 3w
Emilymdxn I loved this book so much! 3w
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen ah interesting! I‘ll check. 3w
Abailliekaras @emz711 I‘m not sure yet! 😉 @Emilymdxn good to hear! I‘m loving it so far. 😊 3w
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emz711
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This is definitely for a particular taste but I thought it was interesting.
So who or what is Dead Papa Toothwort?
My answer - wind spirit
How about you?
@girlwiththeglasses @eri.reads @bedandabook @Booksnchill @Emilymdxn

girlwiththeglasses Hmmm... a magical herb for me 😂 3w
eri.reads I haven't read it yet, but it's on my TBR. Hopefully I'll get to it soon! 😁 3w
bedandabook I think wood spirit, but the wonderful thing is he‘s whoever your imagination wants him to be. 3w
Emilymdxn I felt like he was just a manifestation of part of Britain‘s unconscious, like a repressed memory, and I think being able to become a lot of different things or mean a lot of different things is part of that so there are a million answers! 3w
Booksnchill I think he is the green man of British lore - more malevolent than a wood spirit I think- a bit of Puck but nastier 3w
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bedandabook
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I listened to this dark and mysterious short novel on Audible and absolutely loved it. Entrancing, with mounting suspense, it tells the story of Lanny, a young boy who lives in a small village just outside London. It‘s written partly from the point of view of Dead Papa Toothwort, a figure of local lore who hears the voices of the people living in this modern day village. This adds to the magic and I found it a stunning 5 star read.

Theaelizabet I loved Grief is the Thing with Feathers and look forward to this one. 3w
bedandabook @Theaelizabet I haven‘t read that one yet, but have bumped it up my TBR after reading this! 3w
Cathythoughts Thankyou ! I had an audible credit & have just got this ♥️👍🏻 3w
bedandabook Really hope you enjoy it as much as I did, @Cathythoughts! 😘 3w
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Booksnchill
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Library hold up next- I have heard wonderful things about Lanny and Dead Papa Toothwort!

Emilymdxn I loved this one! 3w
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mdemanatee
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A quick but deep novel that adds in a touch of something odd—thoroughly recommend

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Booksndogs
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The view from my reading chair. I like big mutts and I cannot lie 🎶

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kathedron
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Imagine if "Reservoir 13" had been written by poet Alice Oswald and experimental novelist Paul Kingsnorth. Dead Papa Toothwort, an amoral Green Man character, wakes and listens for the voice of marvellously strange little Lanny, child of mismatched Londoners, amongst the chatter of a stockbroker-belt village. It bodes, I tell you! Lyrical with an undertow of menace, at times heartbreaking, he had my rapt attention from the first page. Glorious!

batsy What a review 💜 1mo
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Liberty
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Hopping on here to remind you to get lots of sleep tonight, because tomorrow is a HUGE new release day. You‘re going to need all your strength. ☺️
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I‘m spending part of the evening rereading the amazing LANNY. It‘s a dark, strange hybrid of folktale, horror, art, magic, and poetry. It‘s one of those books like Samanta Schweblin‘s FEVER DREAM, where you finish it and you‘re not entirely sure you didn‘t just imagine the whole thing. 📚❤️📚

AlexGeorge We love LANNY at Skylark! 1mo
Lizpixie I‘ve had my eye on this one, now I have to buy it! BTW, your ginger kitties are adorable🐱 1mo
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rmaclean4
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I read this while traveling. It has been a long time since I could experience a book from start to finish with few interruptions. I loved this story...poetic, messy, charming. Made me think of White is for Witching and Ali Smith. Love this author! Highly recommend!

CareBear Stacked! The books behind it support your recommendation 🤣 1mo
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AntoinetteBuchanan
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So important to match your book with your knitting #yarn #knitting #books #reading #bookstagram

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Bookalong
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5🌟This book was different from anything I have read.The author's style is very unique and distinct. There is so much emotion in this book. It's an utterly fascinating magical little tale. It's an original and inventive story thats for sure and I found the characters fascinating right away. They already had such depth to them.
This book will publish in North America May 14th!
#bookreview #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm

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Clare_Riley
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Well this ended far too quickly! This is such a beautiful book - I actually rate it an ‘Uber-pick‘! If I could write a book, I would wish it could be like this. Lyrical, poetic, even. Funny, moving, and just jam packed with descriptions and imagery. The Dead Papa Toothwort bits are just a work of the most amazing mind. Am I gushing enough? If I thought Porters first book was good, this far exceeds that one. Gorgeous.

TrishB Great review👍🏻 2mo
Clare_Riley Thanks @TrishB 😊 2mo
saresmoore Sold! 2mo
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Clare_Riley I hope you enjoy it as much as I did @saresmoore ! 2mo
batsy Great review! I haven't even read his first—I'm not sure what I'm waiting for! 2mo
Clare_Riley @batsy do it! You won‘t regret It!😁 2mo
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Freespirit
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Wow Lanny is such a strange but lovely book. It reminded me of a dark fairy tale with an unusual writing style a bit like Lincoln on the Bardo. A short but top quality read! Also completed my audiobook A Murder of Quality 📚❤️
#fable #literaryfiction

JennyM Great review...I keep hearing how great it is. I think I‘m going to have to read it 😊 2mo
Freespirit It‘s only a small book @JennyM . It‘s very unusual, very engaging. I hope you get to read it😊 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 2mo
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Emilymdxn Adored Lanny too! It really does deserve the hype 2mo
Freespirit Hope you enjoy it @erzascarletbookgasm 😍 2mo
Freespirit Yes @Emilymdxn delightfully original 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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Definitely one of the best books I‘ve read this year! A magic realist but hard hitting look at British society and the place of folklore and myth alongside ‘us and them‘ paranoia. I‘m from a well-heeled semi rural historic area and this is so, so, so, so true. Much better than grief is a thing with feathers for sure. The experimental prose reminded me of Lincoln In The Bardo but I liked this more personally.

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Emilymdxn
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Excited to read this, I‘m trying hard to keep up with Very New novels this year. Every year I read those end of year articles and have read like 3 of the books so I‘m trying to read some stuff published this year. Keep my finger on the pulse a bit and not just live in the 16th century.

I liked Porter‘s last book but felt like it was maybe lacking a little something. Hopeful for this next one!

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scripturient
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Finished this little gem within one day during our #readingretreat and what a strange little book this was. A chimerical and slightly twisted take that needs a little getting used to. Sometimes it seemed like I was listening to the chorus in a Greek tragedy with the multitude of voices in this story. The characters were wonderfully drawn. Thumbs up!

Theaelizabet I loved his Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Adding this one. 2mo
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scripturient
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Starting this one right now. 😊 #readingretreat

julesG Good Morning! See you in a bit. Have to take care of my non-pc hair first. 😝😝😝😝 2mo
scripturient @julesG 🤣🤣🤣👍🏻 I‘ll be downstairs for breakie at eight. 😊 2mo
RachelO That wallpaper‘s really effective! And eww @julesG 2mo
julesG @RachelO It was pretty mussed, my hair, proper bed head. 2mo
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DeweysReadathon
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We are in Hour 7 - how‘s everyone doing?? I switched books when the mail arrived because I have REALLY wanted to read this one. I‘ll go back to the other one when I‘m done. Hope you‘re reading something wonderful. And make sure you get up and stretch! 📚❤️🍇 - @Liberty #readathon

rmaclean4 Ohhh I just got this last week. I have to finish the three books I am in the middle of first. 2mo
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Liberty
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OH HELLO, CHANGE IN READING PLANS. Book mail FTW! I‘m going to start this in 3...2...1... 📚❤️📚

Freespirit Next on my list too 2mo
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Clare_Riley
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51 pages in, and I love this book already. This excerpt actually brought tears to my eyes (I‘m one of those ‘emotional readers‘🙄😆). And this is the least of it. Just been gushing to my 14 year old about the Dead Papa Toothwort bits. His response: “You‘re a bit weird really, aren‘t you.” How I love my children! 😂

Crazeedi I cry through books all the time, I'm right with you 2mo
Clare_Riley @Crazeedi I‘m glad I‘m not on my own! 2mo
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mklong
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This book made me feel the way that I did reading The Secret Garden when I was nine years old. That was the first time I understood that reading was magical and essential. I can give a book no higher praise.

Abailliekaras High praise indeed! 😜 3mo
batsy That sounds lovely! 3mo
ClairesReads Very high praise Katie- you‘ve inspired me to check this one out 3mo
RiverKScottWrites Oh wow! Sounds really interesting! 2mo
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Tashreads
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New in! Anyone read these yet? Thoughts?

Redwritinghood Ladder to the Sky was good. 3mo
JennyM Lanny is alllllll over my Twitter feed. Hope you enjoy xx 3mo
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