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Care of Wooden Floors Paperback – Deckle Edge, Apr 3 2012

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (April 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385676395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385676397
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,208,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A debut as crisp, slick and polished as a well-cared-for wooden floor.”
—The Scotsman
 
Wiles has an eye for beauty, but an even more impressive eye for ugliness. . . . A novel full of impeccably stylish writing.”
The Guardian
 
“Wiles has a knack for slapstick, and one can’t help but laugh as Oskar’s flat falls farcically foul of his friend’s ‘paralytic pratfalls.’ . . . Care of Wooden Floors is funny, beguiling and quietly profound; it’s a wonderfully well-crafted debut.”
Times Literary Supplement
 
“A darkly comic battle of wills.”
Art Review
 
“While Wiles’ novel is a slapstick, catastrophic romp, it’s also a rumination on relationships and happiness. . . . National Lampoon couldn’t get into a messier house-sitting situation. . . . Assured, very witty, not too highbrow but gorgeously written. Thumbs up.”
—Bookmunch
 
“[Wiles] is a talented comedy writer, and intelligent enough to anticipate his readers’ thoughts so that disasters that unfold are not clumsy slapstick, nor lazily opportunistic gags, but accidents that occur despite the narrator’s best efforts to be careful. . . . A very funny novel combining schadenfreude and belly laughs. Just don’t let Wiles flat-sit for you.”
The Independent
 
“Ingenious . . . A smart and polished debut.”
The Telegraph

“Strangely compelling . . . weirdly addictive, and rather clever, too.”
Daily Mail (UK)
 
“The novel’s strength lies in Wiles’s wry depiction of the battle between chaos and order.”
The Sunday Times

“This is Will Wiles’ first novel, but it's executed with skill and craftsmanship of a veteran novelist. The prose is clean and elegant, the story tightly focused, the humor and the realism in careful balance. It's a very English comic novel, understated and wry, and even the most absurd events are both self-deprecating and ingeniously necessary for the plot.”
Toronto Star

About the Author

WILL WILES was born in India in 1978. He is deputy editor of Icon, a monthly architecture and design magazine, where for three years he has written about everything from Pot Noodle to jumbo jets. He once spent a week trying to find a Chihuahua skeleton. Care of Wooden Floors is his first novel. He lives in London.


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