Practical Jean (Paperback)

By Trevor Cole

Harper Perennial, 9780062082503, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2011

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Description

Jean wouldn't be able stand it if something unfortunate were to befall her friends--that's why decides to kill them herself, before anything else can harm them. Bad Marie meets Arsenic and Old Lace in this darkly humorous story of a woman whose overpowering love for her friends moves her to murder each and every one of them. Practical Jean, the U.S. debut of acclaimed Canadian author Trevor Cole, is a "biting and black comedy of middle-class mores gone murderously wrong" that "combines diamond-cut social satire with thoughtful contemplations of friendship" (Globe and Mail). A deliciously dark satire with roots that spread from Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal to Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, Cole's Practical Jean is a razor's edge dissection of relationships, faithfulness, and homicide. After all, what are friends for?


Praise For Practical Jean

“Amusing yet horrifying . . . Exceeding the predictable by a long shot, [PRACTICAL JEAN] will beguile readers possessing a sardonic streak as well those who appreciate gallows humor.”
-Booklist

“Those who enjoy Zoë Heller’s mordant take on female friendship (Notes on a Scandal) or the black humor of such classic films as Arsenic and Old Lace and Kind Hearts and Coronets will appreciate this fine social satire.”
-Library Journal

“PRACTICAL JEAN practically blew my mind. Trevor Cole’s twisted novel about Jean Vale Horemash, a friend so devoted she will commit murder, is not only deliciously funny - it is also surprisingly, heartbreakingly poignant.”
-Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

“A cagey satirical noir .…Wicked humor glints kitchen-knife bright as the unhinged Jean blithely traverses the suburbs dispensing her most intimate friends.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A tidy social commentary with some very dark dimensions.”
-New York Times Book Review

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