Spurting with kinetic energy, nasty wit, and kindness to animals, Wesley ought to be a star. Or so it seems to the "Behindlings" -- followers who nip at his heels, turn up everywhere he goes, and lie in wait for him around every corner. They skulk through the dreary streets of their tiny English town, gathering their own scabby intentions, irritating habits, and weird manners, burying all differences in the common pursuit of their true prize, their Wesley.
In Behindlings, the inimitable and ungovernable Nicola Barker takes her most compelling character to date, gives him his head and her novel, and sees him run off with her readers.
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Wide Open), contrives a few clever phrases (at one point, she compares one character's relief at being left alone by his blowhard boss to the "blissful fervor which a ninety year old man might exhibit on discovering—after many years of drought—a small but sweetly intrepid erection floating dainti...| Read Full Review of Behindlings: A Novel
Her apparently slapdash way of jotting down the words and thoughts of a character in furious juxtaposition allows her to tell two stories at once, and the book takes on that dual personality, the spoken and the unspoken, the reality and the possibility, until the reader is either exhilarated or e...Sep 14 2002 | Read Full Review of Behindlings: A Novel
They are people whose lives Wesley has rearranged, whose partners he has slept with, whose children have died stalking him, or whose childhoods were destroyed by a rumour he has carelessly circulated.| Read Full Review of Behindlings: A Novel