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Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

Mrs Death Misses Death

Salena Godden

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Category: Fiction
Imprint: Canongate Books Ltd
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date: 28 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781838851194

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn't met Death in person - a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.

Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death's scribe, and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced - or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated - their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans' fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her . . .

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5 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
2 Oct 2020

"an original, exuberant novel, freewheeling from prose to poetry to non-fiction"

In the first novel from the poet and performer (whose previous works include Pessimism is for Lightweights and Springfield Road), Death is not the Grim Reaper but Mrs Death, an elderly, black, working-class woman who has had enough of it all. She decides to unburden herself to Wolf Willeford, a struggling East London poet who will write her memoirs. What follows is an original, exuberant novel, freewheeling from prose to poetry to non-fiction, as Wolfie tells Mrs Death's story across the ages, and also his own. Truly one of a kind-don't miss it.

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