The Nobodies Album Carolyn Parkhurst has tackled some odd topics — in 2003's The Dogs of Babel , a man tried to teach his dog to speak —… The Nobodies Album Carolyn Parkhurst has tackled some odd topics — in 2003's The Dogs of Babel , a man tried to teach his dog to speak —… 2010-06-15 Fiction Doubleday
Book Review

The Nobodies Album (2010)

Carolyn Parkhurst | The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 15, 2010; Writer: Carolyn Parkhurst; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Doubleday

Carolyn Parkhurst has tackled some odd topics — in 2003's The Dogs of Babel, a man tried to teach his dog to speak — but she sets The Nobodies Album in a more conventional world. Novelist Octavia Frost is used to inventing unlikely plots, but when her famous rocker son is accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death, she finds her life is turning into one of her own books. A previously dormant maternal instinct drives her to attempt to prove her son's innocence and, in the process, close the wounds that have kept them from speaking to each other for four years. Excerpts from Frost's novels punctuate the low-key, introspective murder-mystery narrative, offering a pinhole glimpse into the mind of a fascinating woman for whom life and fiction are stitched tightly together. B+

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Originally posted Jun 16, 2010 Published in issue #1108 Jun 25, 2010 Order article reprints
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