The Everlasting Story of Nory

The Everlasting Story of Nory

By Nicholson Baker

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679763758, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 1999

Description

Our supreme fabulist of the ordinary now turns his attention on a 9-year-old American girl and produces a novel as enchantingly idiosyncratic as any he has written. Nory Winslow wants to be a dentist or a designer of pop-up books. She likes telling stories and inventing dolls. She has nightmares about teeth, which may explain her career choice. She is going to school in England, where she is mocked for her accent and her friendship with an unpopular girl, and she has made it through the year without crying.

Nicholson Baker follows Nory as she interacts with her parents and peers, thinks about God and death-watch beetles, and dreams of cows with pointed teeth. In this precocious child he gives us a heroine as canny and as whimsical as Lewis Carroll's Alice and evokes childhood in all its luminous weirdness.



About the Author
Nicholson Baker is the author of nine novels and four works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle award. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper s, and The New York Review of Books. He lives with his family in Maine.


Praise For The Everlasting Story of Nory

"Baker has created a world in which imagination still gets the better of its new roommate, reason. . . .  [The Everlasting Story of Nory is] a map of the 9-year-old mind, drawn perfectly to scale."  --Daily News

"Baker turn[s] his celebrated powers. . .on the strange inner life of an American girl. . . .  Nory is as large as life and twice as
natural." --The New York Times Book Review

"Thoughtful and daft, sure-footed and tentative. . . . [The Everlasting Story of Nory is] pitch-perfect."  --The Wall Street Journal

"Tender, insightful, and hilarious." --Harper's Bazaar