The Monkey's Wedding, and Other Stories

The Monkey's Wedding, and Other Stories

eBook - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Praise for Joan Aiken:

"Joan Aiken's invention seemed inexhaustible, her high spirits a blessing, her sheer storytelling zest a phenomenon. She was a literary treasure, and her books will continue to delight for many years to come."--Philip Pullman

"Aiken writes with the genius of a born storyteller, with mother wit expanded and embellished by civilized learning, and with the brilliance of an avenging angel."-- The New Yorker

Joan Aiken's stories captivated readers for fifty years. They're funny, smart, gentle, and occasionally very, very scary. The stories in The Monkey's Wedding are collected here for the very first time and include six never before published, as well as two previously published under the pseudonym Nicholas Dee. Here you'll find the story of a village for sale . . . or is the village itself the story? There's an English vicar who declares on his deathbed that he might have lived an entirely different life. After his death, a large, black, argumentative cat makes an appearance. . . . This hugely imaginative collection includes introductions by Aiken as well as by her daughter, Lizza Aiken.

Best known for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase , Joan Aiken (1924-2004) wrote over a hundred books and won the Guardian and Edgar Allan Poe awards. After her first husband's death, she supported her family by copyediting at Argosy magazine and an advertising agency before turning to fiction. She went on to write for Vogue , Good Housekeeping , Vanity Fair , Argosy , Women's Own , and many others. Visit her online at:

Publisher: Easthampton, Mass. : Small Beer Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781931520430
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 203 pages) : portrait
Additional Contributors: Aiken, Lizza


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Jan 14, 2016

Wild collection! A few stories sputter out or just plain go off the rails, but most of quite good. Most are light-heated, but some are harsher and darker. My favorites were "A Mermaid Too Many," "Honeymaroon," "Second Thoughts," and, of course, "The Monkey's Wedding."

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