Books by Scott Bradfield

GOOD GIRL WANTS IT BAD by Scott Bradfield
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A tabloid stew of unreliable narration and stabbing satire."
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ANIMAL PLANET by Scott Bradfield
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A viciously dark and engaging satire in which animals of the world unite to stop humankind's exploitation of the planet, from storywriter and novelist Bradfield (What's Wrong with America, 1994), etc. Charlie the Crow is a restless revolutionary, wandering the globe to spread the word that animals don't need to be subservient to people. Then, with the convenient help of some friendly humans, Charlie temporarily liberates the London Zoosetting off a rebellion that gets quickly crushed and leading to Charlie's own flight to Antarctica, where he takes up with an affable Penguin. Together, the two travel to the farthest reaches of the tundra, warning isolated creatures about the coming horrors of humanfolk. Meanwhile, the freedom-fighting animals at the London Zoo are sold off into the open market, where they will work as house servants or as living corporate logos. Their small taste of freedom, however, along with a newfound discovery of the power of language, becomes addictive, and Charlie's revolutionary words are soon flying around the planetpowerful words that are embraced by most animals and exploited by opportunistic human marketers. Charlie's best student is Scaramangus, a wildebeest, who becomes the clandestine ``Mr. Big'' around whom animals of every species unite. Before long, Manhattan is under siege and corporate America is tripping over itself as it tries to secure marketing rights for its own destruction. And poor, reclusive Charlie, branded a sell-out, is hunted by the newly powerful animals as well as by the old order of humans. Bradfield's stinging, bitter style leaves few corporate targets untouched. But his prose is also full of sly, dead-on, subtle observations about the modern condition. A passionate, daring book reminiscent of Orwell's Animal Farm and Vonnegut's Player Piano. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

In this dark and unfunny novel, Bradfield (Dream of the Wolf, 1990, etc.) writes the ``memoirs'' of a pathetic old woman who tries to gain control of her life by killing her mean and domineering husband. Unfortunately for Emma O'Hallahan, who has already committed the murderous act when the book begins, the cost of her freedom seems to be her sanity, which gradually slips away during the writing of her autobiography. What's the use of shooting your husband with a shotgun and burying him in the backyard, for example, if he keeps on appearing in the house—in various states of decomposition—and treating you as abusively as he did when he was alive? No matter how many stakes and bullets Emma puts in him, Marvin will not stay put. In addition to the annoying ghost, Emma also has her snooping neighbor, Mrs. Stansfield, to contend with—or dispose of. The freshly turned mounds of earth in the backyard multiply, until one day Emma counts four: She knows one is Marvin, one is Mrs. Stansfield, and one is the money from her and Marvin's joint bank account. But what's underneath the fourth? Emma is afraid she may have killed her grandson Teddy, who was coming to pay her a visit, or maybe her new boyfriend, whom she calls Mr. Sullivan (even in their most intimate moments) and was very anxious to get rid of the first time he came over for dinner. Although Emma fills her time by writing in her journal and entertaining the many guests—alive, dead, and imaginary—who arrive at her door, she is not fulfilled. She doesn't know how to end her memoirs or what to make of the newly dug fifth hole in the backyard. Could it be for Emma herself? An imaginative story, but after the initial shock wears off, the comedy dies and Emma becomes merely annoying. Read full book review >