A House Named Brazil by Audrey Schulman

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In her exuberant, darkly funny new novel, the critically acclaimed author of The Cage and Swimming with Jonah turns her dazzling talent in a new direction. A House Named Brazil exposes the deep roots of a delightfully twisted family tree. When the phone rings at precisely six o'clock one evening, it shatters the silence of the farmhouse where Fran has lived alone since her mother abandoned her at age fourteen.

She recognizes the voice on the line immediately. Though it has been four years since she left, Fran's mother offers no apologies or explanations. She is calling to tell Fran the family stories. And though Fran longs to hang up on her, she can't help but be drawn in by the strange and wonderful tales her mother has to tell. So begins an uneasy relationship between the pair, one that takes place only during the phone calls that continue to come every night at six sharp. Over the course of several weeks, the amazing history of their large and colorful family unfolds: tales of saints and murderers; world-renowned pickpockets and fabulously talented bakers; bitter rivalries and unconditional loves; adventures across continents; tragedy and transcendence.

What Fran urgently seeks is an explanation for her mother's abandonment, but all she gets are tall tales of a family exodus from a desolate Canadian farm to a new home in the Florida swamplands. In the sprawling house named Brazil, there is more than enough room for every larger-than-life member of this family-and all the noise, heat, and passion they generate.


About Audrey Schulman

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When Audrey Schulman is not traveling the globe in search of adventure, she designs software. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and graduated from Barnard with a degree in pyschology. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Boston with a small land carnivore, her cat. "The Cage" is her first novel.
Published January 1, 2000 by William Morrow & Co, HarperCollins. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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how her 14 children moved the body to the barn, where it began to smell of lilacs, bees began to build hives, and for a century the body did not decompose.

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When her mother begins phoning her, Fran savors the nightly phone calls and imagines that her mother, in her own way, is reaching out to her at last.

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