The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: A Novel

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“I loved this book. It's one of those books that you just want to give to everybody.” —Nancy Pearl on NPR’s Morning Edition

“An astute, engaging debut” (Publishers Weekly), The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming tale of a community in need of reconciliation and two girls learning what it means to belong.

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced, and decide to take matters into their own hands.

Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover more than they ever imagined. A complicated history of deception begins to emerge—everyone on the Avenue has something to hide.

During that sweltering summer, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. The girls come to realize that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was starting to peel back just before she disappeared...

“A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature” (Kirkus Reviews), this glorious debut is part coming-of-age story, part mystery. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep radiates an unmistakable warmth and intelligence and is “rife with tiny extraordinaries” (The New York Times Book Review). “Joanna Cannon is an author to watch” (Booklist, starred review).
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About the author

Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist with a degree from Leicester Medical School. She lives in England’s Peak District with her family and her dog. She is the author of Three Things About Elsie and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jul 12, 2016
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781501121913
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
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«Una historia conmovedora, original y maravillosamente escrita, una delicia de principio a fin.»
Paula Hawkins, autora de La chica del tren

Verano de 1976. La señora Creasy se ha esfumado sin dejar rastro. Su marido, perplejo y desesperado, revuelve sus cosas tratando de encontrar alguna pista, mientras los vecinos echan la culpa a la ola de calor de haber alterado a esa mujer afable y generosa aunque propensa a sonsacar los pecadillos a los demás.

Cuando la policía la declara oficialmente desaparecida e inicia la investigación en La Avenida, la pequeña Grace, de diez años, decide aportar su grano de arena y emprende sus propias pesquisas con la ayuda incondicional de su mejor amiga Tilly.

Juntas van de casa en casa interrogando subrepticiamente a los residentes. Pero a medida que las puertas y las bocas van abriéndose, esa avenida empieza a revelar sus más oscuros secretos y pronto las detectives aficionadas descubrirán más de lo que habrían sospechado.

Comentarios de los lectores:
«Si crees que esto va a ser como una aventura de Los Cinco, no puedes estar más equivocado. Las dos niñas pronto descubrirán que en su calle se ocultan secretos e intrigas, y nada es como en principio podría parecer. Me declaro fan total de este libro.»

«Yo tenía once años ese verano de 1976, y la novela evoca perfectamente aquella época.»

«Tiene una trama detectivesca, pero es más que eso. Me cautivó.»

La opinión de la crítica:
«Una trama excelente, una escritura magistral. Ideal para los fans de El curioso incidente del perro a medianoche »,
Cadena de librerías Waterstones

«Como en una novela de Agatha Christie, cada personaje guarda un secreto, pero no necesariamente el que el lector sospecha.»
The Guardian

«Tiene un aire a las series de los años setenta. Maravillosa.»
Daily Mail

«Me tuvo enganchada de principio a fin. Grace y Tilly son dos de los mejores personajes que me he encontrado en mucho tiempo. Son mis nuevas heroínas.»
Kate Hamer

«Imagine El secreto de Donna Tart en una zona residencial de Inglaterra en los años setenta.»
The Guardian

«Un misterio atípico y perspicaz.»
Publishers Weekly

«Un debut extraordinario por su estructura, sus personajes, su escritura, sus toques de humor y su humanidad. Cannon es una autora para seguir.»
Booklist

«Muestra nuestro complejo mundo con compasión y humor.»
BookPage

«Un debut sobresaliente.»
The Sunday Times

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