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The Mannequin Makers

by Craig Cliff

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The Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff
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    Nov 2017, 336 pages

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The Mannequin Makers is a gothic tale of a father's obsession, a castaway story and tragic misunderstandings.

In The Mannequin Makers, a grieving widower makes an outlandish decision: On the day his twin children are born and his wife dies in childbirth, Colton Kemp chooses to raise them - a son, Eugen and a daughter, Avis - in seclusion. His sole purpose is to present them, at the age of sixteen, as mannequins in the department store window that he is employed to dress. The year is 1902 and the setting is Marumaru. The small town in New Zealand has two department stores and Kemp's bizarre decision seems to be prompted, at least in part, by an intense rivalry with the window dresser of the other store: a man who does not speak and who is known only as The Carpenter.

The novel that unfolds from this unusual premise moves forward and backward in time, and is dark in many ways. At its center is the question of what happens when the children, brought up to believe that their lives are ...

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