Author(s): Patrick DeWitt
Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as Undermajordomo, Lucy soon discovers the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle's master, Baron Von Aux. He also encounters the colorful people of the local village--thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty whose love he must compete for with the exceptionally handsome soldier, Adolphus. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of human behavior is laid bare for our hero to observe.
Simpleton Lucien Minor sets out into the world in search of “something to happen”. This book is at once an adventure and a satire on adventures, a celebration of storytelling and a playful pushing of storytelling clichés a little further and just a little further until they fall suddenly into the unexpected. Unrelentingly deadpan, with constantly undercut characters and wonderfully hammed dialogue, the book is at once a satire on ‘bad’ writing and an unbroken string of small linguistic firecrackers. No sentence is left unturned. - Thomas
Undermajordomo Minor is the raucous, poignant and spectacularly enjoyable new novel by the author of Man Booker Prize-shortlisted The Sisters Brothers
PATRICK DEWITT's first novel, Ablutions, was published by Granta Books in 2009. His second novel, The Sisters Brothers, won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. He lives in Portland, Oregon.