Undermajordomo Minor (Paperback)

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I became a huge Patrick deWitt fan after reading Sisters Brothers, which was a fresh take on the western novel genre. I loved his storytelling ability along with the abundance of offbeat humor and adventure. I am pleased to report that his latest book, Undermajordomo Minor, shares those same attributes while departing from the western theme. In this telling, our hero, Lucien, is a sickly, coming-of-age nobody from a nothing village. A kindly priest finds him an opportunity to work under a Majordomo in a far off, decrepit castle in the mountains, and there his adventure begins.

The castle, part ‘Rocky Horror,’ part pure horror, part Monty Python, tests young Lucien in every way possible. Along the way he meets pickpockets, soldiers, decadent nobility, and, perhaps, the love of his life. Allow yourself to be swept away in the adventures of a most unlikely hero in a most unsettling castle, the dreaded Castle Von Aux." -- Recommended by Pete Schulte, Union Station Store manager

— Pete, our Union Station bookstore manager, a writer, artist, & insatiable reader

October 2015 Indie Next List

“With dry and witty dialogue worthy of a Monty Python movie, this wonderful novel takes some getting used to, but once you fall into this world you will not want to come back out. A remote castle, a crazy Baron, an incredibly incompetent cook, and a lovely village girl -- what else could the young narrator Lucien, known as Lucy, need for a good story? Of course, the fact that he's a compulsive liar makes things more interesting, too. Dewitt, the author of The Sisters Brothers, once again crafts an unusual and wholly entertaining story that is sure to surprise and delight his growing legion of fans.”
— Dana Schulz (W), Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI


Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in his bucolic hamlet of Bury, a weakling and compulsive liar in a town famous for producing brutish giants. When Lucy finds employment--as Undermajordomo, assisting the Majordomo of a remote, foreboding castle--he soon discovers the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle's master, Baron Von Aux. Along the way, he encounters thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty for whose love he must compete. Thus begins a tale of theft, heartbreak, mystery, and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of humanity is laid bare for our hero to observe. Undermajordomo Minor is an adventure story, a fable without a moral, an ink-black comedy of manners, and a love story--and Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062281227
ISBN-10: 0062281224
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English