Delia Byrd is a native of Cayro, Georgia, and a recovering alcoholic who lives in Los Angeles with her surly ten-year-old daughter, Cissy. Celia is the former lead singer of the obscure blues-rock band Mud Dog. Cissies father, Randall, another member of Mud Dog, is killed in a motorcycle accident in the opening scene of the novel. Grief-stricken and penniless Delia packs up her daughter and drives almost non-stop cross-country back to Cayro. After a disappointing reunion with the grandfather who raised her, Delia enrolls Cissy at the local school and gets a job as a cleaning woman.
Delia has another two daughters by abusive Clint, a man she is still married to. These teenagers, Dede and Amanda, live with their paternal grandmother who has custody for them, a puritanical pious old witch. Delia embarks on an odyssey to rescue them. Failing to make headway with the devious grandmother Delia in desperation approaches Clint, who is gravely ill with cancer. He is willing to persuade his mother to give up control over her granddaughters if Delia moves back in with him and provides his care until he dies. After thoroughly cleaning the house, Delia moves all three girls in.
Things between Delia and her daughters are tense at first. Fourteen-year-old Amanda is as rigid and religion obsessed as her grandmother, frequently telling Cissy that she is going to hell. Dede is a sexually precocious twelve-year-old who likes to smoke cigarettes. They initially ignore their mother and younger sister - while hating their father, remembering the times he assaulted Delia. Cissy, unable to get along with any of her female relatives, takes pity on the bedridden Clint and begins reading to him. Eventually, Clint tells her about the early days of his marriage to Delia, expressing remorse about what he did to her.
Cavedweller was made into a 2004 film by Lisa Cholodenko(born April 11, 1949) is an American writer from South Carolina whose writing focuses on class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism.
was first published in Nigeria in 2015. The novel depicts a salacious affair between the 55-year old widow Hajiya Binta and the 26-year old drug dealer and local gang leader Reza.
(6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized versions of German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Arthur Schopenhauer.
Mann emigrated to Switzerland in 1933 and to the USA in 1939. From October 1940 onwards his monthly speeches condemning the Nazis were broadcast by the BBC in German. Mann returned to Europe in 1952 and lived in Switzerland until his death.
Because of falling ash, the setting is very cold and dark and the land is devoid of living vegetation. There is frequent rain or snow, and electrical storms are common. Nearly all of the few human survivors are cannibalistic tribalists and/or nomads, scavenging the detritus of city and country alike for human flesh, though that too is almost entirely depleted.
The novel was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It also won the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. It was named book of the decade by The Times. (born Charles McCarthy, July 20, 1933) is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels in various genres, ranging from Southern Gothic, to western, to post-apocalyptic. He has also written plays and screenplays. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for The Road, and his 2005 novel No Country for Old Men was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.