A [[{{Surrealism}} surreal]] novel by Leonora Carrington. Ninety-two-year-old Marian Leatherby receives an antique hearing trumpet for her birthday and immediately overhears her family planning to send her to a nursing home. But the nursing home turns out to be very out of the ordinary: The houses are shaped like boots and birthday cakes, and the residents have to perform a daily regimen of rubbing their stomachs while patting their heads. Then it gets weirder.

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!! This book provides examples of:

* ApocalypseHow: The happiest Type 1 you're likely to find.
* CloudCuckoolander: Carmella, who writes letters to random people out of the phone book.
* DarkComedy
* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler:Maude]]
* EarTrumpet
* HumansAreBastards
* LittleOldLadyInvestigates
* MagicalNegro: Christabel
* MagicalRealism
* NatureSpirit
* RiddleMeThis:
-->I wear a white cap on my head and my tail
-->All seasons my caps I wear without fail
-->Around my fat belly my girdle is hot
-->I move round and round tho' legs I have not
-->[[spoiler:the earth]]
* SuperSenses: The titular trumpet seems to grant heightened hearing.
* TheseQuestionsThree
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