Everything Under

A Novel
Narrated by: Esther Wane
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

An eerie, watery reimagining of the Oedipus myth set on the canals of Oxford, from the author of Fen

The dictionary doesn’t contain every word. Gretel, a lexicographer by trade, knows this better than most. She grew up on a houseboat with her mother, wandering the canals of Oxford and speaking a private language of their own invention. Her mother disappeared when Gretel was a teen, abandoning her to foster care, and Gretel has tried to move on, spending her days updating dictionary entries.

One phone call from her mother is all it takes for the past to come rushing back. To find her, Gretel will have to recover buried memories of her final, fateful winter on the canals. A runaway boy had found community and shelter with them, and all three were haunted by their past and stalked by an ominous creature lurking in the canal: the bonak. Everything and nothing at once, the bonak was Gretel’s name for the thing she feared most. And now that she’s searching for her mother, she’ll have to face it.

In this electrifying reinterpretation of a classical myth, Daisy Johnson explores questions of fate and free will, gender fluidity, and fractured family relationships. Everything Under - a debut novel whose surreal, watery landscape will resonate with fans of Fen - is a daring, moving story that will leave you unsettled and unstrung.

©2018 Daisy Johnson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A brilliantly understated classic

Daisy Johnson has written a brilliantly understated classic in Everything Under. Her writing is clear, and the plot is conceived and executed concisely and gracefully. Esther Wane’s performance is well modulated to the story and the characters. This is a beautiful and memorable story, a novel that will be savored.

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Strange and beautiful

This is such a unique and gorgeously written book. Thoroughly well written. Completely developed characters, and an eerie yet beautiful story. Complex and rich. Highly recommend.