Book review: Thinking outside the box is low on reward for this New York dolls tale

Tale of porcelain and plastic dolls in a mishmash of narrators and writing styles, by the poet Karen McCarthy Woolf, is arguably a little too clever for its own good

Karen McCarthy Woolf: moments of brilliance, but the overall impression of Top Doll remains one of style over substance

When Huguette Clark passed away in May 2011 at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, she was two weeks shy of her 105th birthday. But that wasn’t even close to the most extraordinary thing about Clark’s life.

The painter, philanthropist, heiress and youngest child of Montana senator and industrialist William A Clark was a recluse for much of her life, the last two decades of which were spent in hospital.

Upon her ...