Practical Jean by Trevor Cole
A Novel (P.S.)

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Cole’s usual plan might have been to make Practical Jean into a dark satire of small-town, middle-class manners, but the satire ends up feeling muted. The darkness, though, is impossible to discount. The result is a sometimes eccentric, often compelling meditation on morality and mortality.
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Jean wouldn’t be able stand it if something unfortunate were to befall her friends—that’s why decides to kill them herself, before anything else can harm them. Bad Marie meets Arsenic and Old Lace in this darkly humorous story of a woman whose overpowering love for her friends moves her to murder each and every one of them. Practical Jean, the U.S. debut of acclaimed Canadian author Trevor Cole, is a “biting and black comedy of middle-class mores gone murderously wrong” that “combines diamond-cut social satire with thoughtful contemplations of friendship” (Globe and Mail). A deliciously dark satire with roots that spread from Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, Cole’s Practical Jean is a razor’s edge dissection of relationships, faithfulness, and homicide. After all, what are friends for?
 

About Trevor Cole

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Trevor Cole has been hailed as “one of the best young novelists in the country” by Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, for his books Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, The Fearsome Particles, and Practical Jean. He lives near Toronto.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 305 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Joel Yanofsky on Dec 10 2010

Cole’s usual plan might have been to make Practical Jean into a dark satire of small-town, middle-class manners, but the satire ends up feeling muted. The darkness, though, is impossible to discount. The result is a sometimes eccentric, often compelling meditation on morality and mortality.

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