The Hoarder by Jess Kidd

Published: 2018 (also published as “Mr. Flood’s Last Resort” in the U.S. and Canada 1. First lines 2. Cover: Ulversoft 3. Vintage wallpaper [CC BY 2.0] by designm.ag via flickr 4. St Valentine [Public Domain] via Flickr 5. Keys [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 6. Cat [Public Domain] via Pixabay 7. Box of old photos [No known copyright] via fotor

Maud Drennan is working as a carer for aging and cantankerous Mr Cathal Flood, who lives in a junk-filled mansion. She starts making a connection with the old man and as she does, starts to realize that there are deep mysteries concerning Mr Flood’s family.

“You don’t know what you’re dealing with.”

Glanceabook: Unique and interesting characters. Whimsical and entertaining group of saints as “ghost” sidekicks. Confusing and complicated plot.

  • Irish Times: “Truthfully, this is a difficult novel to love as the degree of melancholy that hovers over every page can leave one longing for a quick shot of Prozac, while the claustrophobia, although intentionally unnerving, occasionally runs the risk of overwhelming the story. However, Kidd writes brilliantly, her skill with language and particularly with atmosphere recalling some of the great 19th-century writers of ghost stories, a genre in which I suspect Kidd would excel should she choose to turn her hand to it. Ultimately, a rather impressive second novel, whose imaginative prowess marks its author as one to watch.”
  • Kirkus: “It won’t be like any other novel you’ve read this year—or maybe ever—but it’s worth it.”

Quotes:


“Memory is like a wayward dog. Sometimes it drops the ball and sometimes it brings it, and sometimes it doesn’t bring a ball at all; it brings a shoe.”

“My sister said that when the tide was out you could walk all the way to America; the waves pulled back that far. So far that the starfish forgot there ever was an ocean and stiffened with dismay. So far that the seaweed wept itself dry on the rocks with nostalgia.”

Author: Jess Kidd


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