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  • An absorbing novel about a young man's voyage into adulthood, enlivened by Mary McCarthy's needling wit. You have to go away to understand home, you have to lose yourself to find yourself; Mary McCarthy's insight into her young hero - his awkward growing-up, his efforts to understand his time and place - create an authentic and thoughtful slice of cultural history.

    Hilary Mantel, Booker prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'
  • This funny, grumpy, coming-of-age tale still strikes a chord. . . There is much in McCarthy's novel, published by Penguin in a new edition to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, that makes you say: "Yes! Exactly! Spot on."

    The Times
  • Fiercely intelligent, insatiably combative, McCarthy's novels invite controversy

    Penelope Lively, from the introduction
  • One of America's leading women of letters, a writer with a reputation for acerbic insights and penetrating prose

  • A writer known for her immaculate prose, her wit, her glamour, her sexual adventures... and the shocking candor of her fiction

    New Yorker
  • Birds of America brings to mind the teenage angst of Catcher in the Rye, but with a political conscience. Full of hilarious and extremely honest one-liners

    Essential Journal
  • There was something so crisp and clever and bold about her writing

    Claire Tomalin
  • McCarthy earned recognition for her cool, analytic intelligence and her exacting literary voice - a voice capable of moving from the frivolously feminine to the willfully cerebral, from girlish insouciance to bare-knuckled fury

    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • An endlessly fascinating novel

    San Francisco Chronicle
  • A profoundly thoughtful and moving book


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