Dot in The Universe
By Lucy Ellmann
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781582343518, 208pp.)
Publication Date: February 2004
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It's your worst nightmare: instead of being dead, you're alive!
Dot thinks she's perfect, with her blond hair, pointy nose, and pink skin. She lives on the east coast of England with her magnificent hubby, cooking him gourmet meals and crashing the car. So one day she decides to End It All. But-Dot BLOWS it!
After a brief sojourn in the underworld (populated by "underaged, underdeveloped underlings all, understated in their undershirts and UNDERSTANDING VERY LITTLE"), Dot is reincarnated, first as a possum, and then as a girl in Ohio. A hilarious and poignant journey through our puny universe, this is a masterpiece of disquiet.
Lucy Ellmann, born in the United States, was later completely and unnecessarily transported to England. She has written four novels: Sweet Desserts, winner of the 1988 Guardian Fiction Prize; Varying Degrees of Hopelessness; Man or Mango? A Lament; and Dot in the Universe. The last two were both nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction.