Friday, June 08, 2007
A Taxonomy of Barnacles
by Galt Niederhoffer // St. Martin's Press / Picador
• An AIGA's 50 Books // 50 Covers Best Cover Selection
• The New York Book Show 2008 Award winner
Illustration of finch bird by Pete Garceau
Illustration of sisters by Pierre Mornet // Marlena Agency
A Taxonomy of Barnacles is a modern Victorian comedy of manners—a wealthy, eccentric patriarch declares that his six daughters must compete for his fortune—and a study in social Darwinism—whoever can best carry on the Barnacle name gets the Barnacle fortune. Much of the book is devoted to the amorous toings and froings of the two eldest Barnacle sisters and the cute Finch twins next door. It’s Balthus girls meets Charles Darwin meets The Royal Tenenbaums.
A New York Times interview with the author and her family that was the inspiration for the book.
Posted by H3NR7 at 6/08/2007