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Edward Carey discusses his gothic adventure, 'Heap House'
Edward Carey discusses his gothic adventure, 'Heap House'

It's 1875, and all of London's trash is banished to a wasteland known as "the heaps." The Iremonger family presides over this grim realm from Heap House, a mansion itself made up of parts of other buildings. Cut off and inter-marrying for generations, they have developed their own versions of English names: Moorcus, Pinalippy, Timfy. This whimsically gothic scenario is the brainchild of the English-born writer and illustrator Edward Carey. "Heap House" (Overlook: 406 pp., $16.99, ages 10+), his first foray into fiction for young readers, is part of a trilogy. Iremonger family traditions are idiosyncratic. Each baby is assigned a birth object — a hot...

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