The Wallcreeper

The Wallcreeper

Book - 2014 | First edition
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"Nell Zink's debut novel follows a downwardly mobile secretary from Philadelphia who marries an ambitious soon-to-be-expat pharmaceutical researcher in hopes that she will never work again. They end up in Germany, where it turns out that her new husband is tougher, sneakier, more sincere, more contradictory, and smarter than she is; she'd naturally thought it was impossible. Life becomes complicated with affairs, birding, and eco-terrorism. Bad things happen, yet they stagger through, clinging to each other from a safe distance. Eventually our heroine commences building a life of her own, in imitation of her husband, one soggy brick at a time."-- Publisher's website
Publisher: St. Louis, MO : Dorothy, a Publishing Project, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780989760713
0989760715
Branch Call Number: F ZINK-N
Characteristics: 193 pages ; 18 cm

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redtayres
Feb 24, 2019

Going in, it grabbed me. Once in, it lost me...for a while. But stick with it. The writing is punchy and the pages small, and the book does fast. Those who get through to the end are rewarded. I can honestly say that I can't wait to get my hands on Nell Zink's follow-up.

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hlande
Jul 08, 2018

i too was initially skeptical of he monotony of the book. but it takes a turn and you realize the dullness lays the foundation for something rather genius. quite moving.

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uncommonreader
Jun 09, 2016

Perhaps all it takes for Jonathan Franzen to recommend a book is that include something about birds. I did not find that this novel had any redeeming qualities - why would anyone be interested in these self-absorbed characters? The humour is only juvenile.

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cliffstory
Nov 12, 2015

This is all right, not great, sort of like Fear of Flying with a lighter tone. I've never felt the desire to read Fear of Flying a second time. I was disappointed by this book, Zink's first, because I had been very much impressed by an excerpt from her second book. I await that one.

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Wong_Anne
Nov 11, 2015

I just wanted it to end.

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Perspots
Sep 16, 2015

Off beat character and fresh writing style. Stick with it because the message at the end of the book is the best. Should be required reading for all young women.

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dusyaka
Jan 13, 2016

dusyaka thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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