Delia Chapman, the heroine of Anthony McCarten's extraterrestrial black comedy, Spinners, is 16 years old and pregnant--quite possibly by (she says) alien beings who "took her on their vessel. They had silver suits and stainless-steel boots. The vessel was ultra-modern and entirely impressive." The first person Delia tells her story to is the local policeman who finds her wandering on the highway outside the small New Zealand town of Opunake. As the story spreads, theories abound as to why she would make up such a thing. One explanation holds that her job at Borthwick's Freezing Works had unhinged her since "it was known that 80 percent of the town's female population were being taxed to the point of near nervous collapse by the factory's unrelenting regimen." Another faction suggests that Delia, who is known to wear a Lakers NBA basketball cap and a University of North Carolina T-shirt, and to carry a walkman wherever she goes, might simply have taken "the next logical step in her metamorphosis into a Yank" with her wild tale of alien abduction.

Skeptical as the local townspeople are, the discovery of a dead cow in the middle of a crop circle adds credence to Delia's story, and soon little Opunake is at the center of a media blitz. Then Phillip Sullivan, an ex-soldier with a dream of reopening the town library, arrives and falls for our heroine. One by one, secrets are laid bare, mysteries resolved, and nobody's life will be the same again. McCarten, a successful playwright, has woven together a novel that is both very funny and very serious. This is one extraterrestrial story with its feet planted firmly on the ground. --Alix Wilber

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Anthony McCarten's Spinners

Hardback Editions

February 1999 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Spinners
Author(s): Anthony McCarten
ISBN: 0-688-16303-3 / 978-0-688-16303-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2008 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Spinners
Author(s): Anthony McCarten
ISBN: 1-84688-035-1 / 978-1-84688-035-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2000 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Spinners: A Novel
Author(s): Anthony McCarten
ISBN: 0-688-17904-5 / 978-0-688-17904-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2000 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Spinners
Author(s): Anthony McCarten
ISBN: 0-330-39048-1 / 978-0-330-39048-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 1999 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Spinners
Author(s): Anthony McCarten
ISBN: 0-330-36978-4 / 978-0-330-36978-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


1998 : New Zealand Paperback
thumb

Title: Spinners
Author(s): Anthony McCarten
ISBN: 1-86941-355-5 / 978-1-86941-355-2 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK