Beatlebone

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A searing, surreal novel that blends fantasy and reality—and Beatles fandom—from one of literature’s most striking contemporary voices, author of the international sensation City of Bohane

It is 1978, and John Lennon has escaped New York City to try to find the island off the west coast of Ireland he bought eleven years prior. Leaving behind domesticity, his approaching forties, his inability to create, and his memories of his parents, he sets off to calm his unquiet soul in the comfortable silence of isolation. But when he puts himself in the hands of a shape-shifting driver full of Irish charm and dark whimsy, what ensues can only be termed a magical mystery tour.
     Beatlebone is a tour de force of language and literary imagination that marries the most improbable elements to the most striking effect. It is a book that only Kevin Barry would attempt, let alone succeed in pulling off—a Hibernian high wire act of courage, nerve, and great beauty.


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Publisher
Anchor
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Published on
Nov 17, 2015
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9780385540308
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Alternative History
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Psychological
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Sara Baume
Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature * Winner of the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award * Short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award * Long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize * Long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, Readers’ Choice * Long-listed for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 * Long-listed for 2015 Edinburgh First Novel Award

“A deeply attuned portrait of the human mind…An unsettling literary surprise of the best sort.”—Atlantic

“This book is like a flame in daylight: beautiful and unexpected.”—Anne Enright
 
It is springtime, and two outcasts—a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life—find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap—and the duo must take to the road.

Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see. It transforms us in our understanding not only of the world, but also of ourselves.
 
“A man-and-his-dog story like no other.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[Spill Simmer Falter Wither] hums with its own distinctiveness.”— Guardian (UK)
 
“A tour de force...A stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness.”
—Joseph O’Connor, for the Irish Times
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