Practical Jean: A Novel by Trevor Cole

Practical Jean: A Novel

byTrevor Cole

Kobo ebook | October 18, 2011

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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?

Title:Practical Jean: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062082531

ISBN - 13:9780062082534

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh! What a small town will do to a gal! Trevor Cole, author of "The Fearsome Particles" and "Norman Bray, in the performance of his life" and countless feature articles during a fertile journalism career, has created a wonderful character in his most practical Jean. Jean suffers through the lengthy death of a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. There is nothing harder than nursing someone you are unfond of, nothing harder than watching a parent suffer through endless pain. It flips Jean, it makes her see her world through the focus of happy lives and unhappy endings. So Jean, artist and now practical woman, takes it upon herself to help her friends live only the former. Cole's gentle humour is tinged with a layer of understanding that makes the story bittersweet rather than ribald, though there are so many funny parts in it, such wonderful visuals and sensory details. We find ourselves rooting for the success of Jean's mission, cheering her on as she proceeds, dreamlike, through her plans. I consumed this book, ripping along, desperate to see the next vignette, urgently wishing Jean to escape her ultimate fate. Highly recommended. Just don't get any ideas....
Date published: 2010-09-24