Billy and Girl (British Literature) (Paperback)

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Billy and Girl (British Literature) (Paperback)


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In this brilliant, inventive, tragic farce, Deborah Levy creates the ultimate dysfunctional kids, Billy and his sister Girl. Apparently abandoned years ago by their parents, they now live alone somewhere in England. Girl spends much of her time trying to find their mother, going to strangers' doors and addressing whatever Prozac woman who answers as "Mom." Billy spends his time fantasizing a future in which he will be famous, perhaps in the United States as a movie star, or as a psychiatrist, or as a doctor to blondes with breast enlargements, or as the author of "Billy England's Book of Pain." Together they both support and torture each other, barely able to remember their pasts but intent on forging a future that will bring them happiness and reunite them with the ever-elusive Mom. Billy and Girl are every boy and girl reeling from the pain of their childhoods, forgetting what they need to forget, inventing worlds they think will be better, but usually just prolonging nightmares as they begin to create--or so it seems--alternative personalities that will allow them to survive and conquer and punish. In the end, the reader is as bewildered as Billy and Girl--have they found Mom and a semblance of family, or are, they completely out of control and ready to explode?

Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their "intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination," including "Pax," "Heresies" for the Royal Shakespeare Company, "Clam," "Call Blue Jane," "Shiny Nylon," "Honey Babu Middle England," "Pushing the Prince into Denmark," and "Macbeth-False Memories," some of which are published in "Levy: Plays 1."Deborah wrote and published her first novel "Beautiful Mutants," when she was 27 years old. The experience of not having to give her words to a director, actors and designer to interpret, was so exhilarating, she wrote a few more. These include "Swallowing Geography," "The Unloved," and "Billy and Girl." She has always written across a number of art forms (see Bookworks and Collaborations with visual artists) and was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991.
Product Details ISBN: 9781564782021
ISBN-10: 1564782026
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 1999
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: British Literature