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The complex, lyrical, hilarious and completely wonderful debut novel by award-winning poet and campaigner, Karen McCarthy Woolf.

An entitled porcelain doll struggles to cope with reality when her lifetime companion, a reclusive billionaire heiress, is admitted to hospital. This is their story.

Top Doll is a verse novel and a highly unreliable, semi-fictional biography of the eccentric American billionaire heiress Huguette Clarke, who died in New York's Beth Israel Hospital, age 106, not having been outside for more than 50 years. She trusted no one and spoke to few, except for accountant, her lawyer and her vast collection of dolls, who together narrate this miniature epic. It is both deadly serious and incredibly funny in its exploration of the emotional influence dolls exert on the human psyche and how this embodies family power dynamics and the politics of race, wealth and desire.

Publisher: Dialogue
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 18 Jan 2024
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 135 mm
ISBN: 9780349703466

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