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Mrs. Caliban (Paperback)
Mrs. Caliban, originally published in 1983, was once named "one of the 20 greatest American novels since WWII," but was swiftly buried by the decades and forgotten before being re-released in this edition in 2017. Ingalls' work has been called "easy to read and hard to forget," and I think you'll find that beyond that, this is actually very hard book to describe, though many have tried, going as far as comparing the story to B-horror, Frankenstein, David Lynch films (there's certainly a Twin Peaks vibe somewhere in these pages), even The Wizard or Oz or E.T.. Romance, science fiction, thriller—this odd novella about a lonely housewife and her extraterrestrial extramarital affair won't disappoint.— Alice
December 2017 Indie Next List
“This book, which New Directions has unearthed from the 1980s, is such a surprising, delightful gem. It's like a mix of Lucia Berlin's knack for character, dialogue, and tone with the sci-fi realism that's become so popular lately. A strange, beautiful book by a writer who's getting her rightful recognition (and who may have predicted the current avocado craze?!).”
— Jacob Rogers, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC