Harper Academic

Breakfast on Pluto

A Novel

by Patrick McCabe

On Sale: 10/06/1999

Price: $13.99

Breakfast on Pluto

A Novel

by Patrick McCabe

On Sale: 10/06/1999

Format:

Price: $13.99

About the Book

Patrick -Pussy' Braden, resplendent in housecoat and headscarf, reclines in Kilburn, London, writing his story for his elusive psychiatrist, reawakening the truth behind his life and the chaos of long-ago days in a city filled with hatred. Twenty years ago he escaped his hometown, fleeing foster mother Whiskers and her mad household to begin a new life in London. There, in blousy tops and satin miniskirts, he plies his trade, often risking life and limb among the flotsam and jetsam that fill the bars of Piccadilly Circus. But suave businessmen and lonely old women are not the only dangers that threaten Pussy's existence. It is the 1970's and fear haunts the streets of London and Belfast as the critical mass of history builds and Pussy finds himself inevitably drawn into a malestrom of violence and tragedy destined to tear his fragile soul asunder.

Critical Praise

"[McCabe is] one of the most brilliant writers ever to come out of Ireland." — San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] careening picaresque...antic debauch and sudden terror. Pussy's voice throughout is delightfully unhinged in its match of high camp and the poetic pretensions of the Irish barfly." — The New Yorker

"A screamingly funny look at a deadly reality." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A surreal romp...An unsettling claustrophobic novel in which McCabe imaginatively distills Northern Ireland's public horrors as he compels us to inhabit Patrick Braden's private nightmare." — Boston Globe

"An unsparing account of Irish realities. [A] moving, brilliantly told tale...full of human comedy and cruelty." — Washington Post Book World

"Breakfast on Pluto may be the most successful book yet to be born out of the violence [in Northern Ireland]. . . . Stunning originality." — New York Times Book Review

"McCabe certainly has a talent for creating memorable characters who are worth spending some time with, warts and all." — Library Journal

"The very funny parts of the book ironically emphasize the ongoing horror of Ireland's religious wars. In his artful novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, McCabe has created an unforgettable heroine." — Booklist

"By turns hilarious and pitiably lonely, Patrick ["Pussy"] Braden is an unforgettable hero." — Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060931582
  • ISBN 10: 0060931582
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 10/06/1999
  • Trimsize: 5.310 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.500 in (d)
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: $13.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / LGBT / Transgender