Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
(Ecco, 2015, 317 pages)
Undermajordomo Minor was the last book that SCC’s Between the Covers book club read this semester. I’d previously read deWitt’s book, The Sisters Brothers, so I was excited to see what this title held in store. deWitt approaches this book as a reimagining of a fairy tale for adults. Our “hero,” Lucy, sets out to start a new life in a new town. He receives employment at the Castle von Aux. He’ll hold the position of undermajordomo, so he’s basically a footman to the castle caretaker.
The Castle von Aux is a unique place. The baron has gone mad, the baroness is away, the castle seems to be staffed by two individuals with little or no access to money… in the midst of all this Lucy is befriended by some local thieves and introduced to a beautiful young woman who steals his heart. All of this comes into play as Lucy strives to become his own man.
This book did an amazing job transporting the reader into the world deWitt created. It’s hard to put into words, but it was an enjoyable reading experience for me (minus a few sex scenes that were… uncomfortable). I definitely appreciate deWitt’s talent as a writer.