Paradise by A. L. Kennedy
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Hannah Luckraft sells cardboard boxes for a living. Her family is so frustrated by her behavior they can barely stand to keep in touch with her. Each day is fueled by the promise of annihilation, the promise of a reprieve, the paradise that can only be found in a bottle. When Hannah meets Robert, a kindred spirit, the two become constant companions. Together and alone Hannah and Robert spiral through the beauty and depravity of a love affair with alcohol. Paradise is a spectacular novel of desire and oblivion.

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About A. L. Kennedy

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A. L. Kennedy has published four previous novels, one book of non-fiction, and one collection of short stories, Indelible Acts. She has twice been selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and has won a number of prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book fo the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at St. Andrews.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A. L. Kennedy's protagonist is a deeply committed, downwardly mobile, hopeless drunk.

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Drinkers can at times show flashes of brilliance and offer entertaining - if scarcely credible - stories, but they can also be maudlin, self-pitying and dull, so a 344-page novel set in the consciousness of an alcoholic, even one as bright and self-examining as Kennedy's narrator, Hannah Luckraft...

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Hannah's literary journey through the bottle-glass, "the long slim door that leads to somewhere else", is the opposite of wonderland, and Kennedy's lyrical celebration of this new, already ruined role is the novel's biggest comi-tragedy and most skilled paradox.

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Michael Mewshaw Washington Post 2 of 5 Stars "The unfortunate pair grimly lurch their way through an unbearably degrading life in a narrative that’s almost impossible to read … the reader can only be grateful for the variety of Kennedy’s Verfremdungseffekt, those blessed Brechtian moments of...

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