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Observatory Mansions

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Observatory Mansions

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Author: Edward Carey
Publisher: Picador, 2011
Vintage, 2002
Crown Publishers, 2000

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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Magical Realism
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Once the Orme family's magnificent ancestral estate, Observatory Mansions is now a crumbling apartment complex, home to an eccentric group of misfits. One of them is Francis Orme, who earns his livelihood as a living statue. When not practicing "inner and outer stillness," Francis steals the cherished possessions of others to add to his private museum. The other tenants are equally as odd: his mother and father, who haven't interacted in years; a man who continually sweats and cries; a recluse who prefers television to reality; and a woman who behaves like a dog. When Anna Tapp arrives among them she stirs their souls, bringing long forgotten memories to the surface -- and arousing fears that this new resident intends to provoke a metamorphosis.


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