By Patrick McCabe
From the winner of the Irish instances Award for Fiction 1992 and the Booker Prize shortlisted writer of The Butcher Boy.
It appeared as though the city of Carn, a huddled clump of windswept gray constructions break up in through a muddied major road, had one way or the other been lively away and supplanted via a thriving, bustling position which bore no resemblance no matter what to it. For a break up moment, she observed her personal demise, a gunmetal face fastened at the sky, everywhere in the faces and voices of Carn as she had recognized it. Josie Keenan had come domestic to the city of Carn, the single domestic she knew’
‘A distinct checklist via someone who is familiar with that the truth of small-town lifestyles is as very important in literature as any element of eire . . . a savage, uncooked and sour honesty . . . i do know no Irish author with such an visible, remarkable talent’
Dermot Bolger, Sunday Independent
‘Powerful, unique writing – Patrick McCabe’s Carn introduces some of the most promising writers in a protracted, lengthy time’ invoice Buford, Granta
‘Resolute . . . the writing is uncooked and didactic. His tale bears the hideous ring of authenticity’
‘Stylishly narrated, yet with the chronological forthrightness that comes as a benison after a few smooth novels’
London overview of Books
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