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Mrs. Caliban

(1982)
A Novella by

 
 
It all starts with the radio. Dorothy's husband, Fred, has left for work, and she is at the kitchen sink washing the dishes, listening to classical music. Suddenly, the music fades out and a soft, close, dreamy voice says, "Don't worry, Dorothy."

A couple weeks later, there is a special interruption in regular programming. The announcer warns all listeners of an escaped sea monster. Giant, spotted, and froglike, the beast - who was captured six months earlier by a team of scientists - is said to possess incredible strength and to be considered extremely dangerous.

That afternoon, the seven-foot-tall lizard man walks through Dorothy's kitchen door. She is frightened at first, but there is something attractive about the monster. The two begin a tender, clandestine affair, and no one, not even Dorothy's husband or her best friend, seems to notice.

Selected by the British Book Marketing Council as one of the greatest American novels since World War II, Mrs. Caliban, much like Guillermo del Toro's film The Shape of Water, uses an interspecies romance to explores issues of passion and loneliness, love and loss - and in its own wryly subversive way, it blends surrealism, satire, and a strong female perspective.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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December 1994 : USA Hardback
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January 1982 : UK Hardback
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ISBN: 0-571-11826-7 / 978-0-571-11826-7 (UK edition)
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November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Caliban
Author(s): Rachel Ingalls
ISBN: 0-8112-2669-7 / 978-0-8112-2669-1 (USA edition)
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Caliban
Author(s): Rachel Ingalls
ISBN: 1-55832-482-8 / 978-1-55832-482-4 (USA edition)
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January 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Caliban
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ISBN: 0-440-50003-6 / 978-0-440-50003-2 (USA edition)
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mrs. Caliban
Author(s): Rachel Ingalls
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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