April 2019 Fiction: Canadian

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    9780771009846 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.74 x 8.25 x 0.9 in | 336 pages Carton Quantity: 24 McClelland & Stewart
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      Bestselling and award-winning author Todd Babiak returns with an immersive and affecting story about a teenager’s fascination with an enigmatic new woman in town whose past is catching up with her.

      Monument, Colorado, July 1989. Fourteen-year-old Adam Lisinski is mesmerized the moment Beatrice Cyr steps into his life. Adam has a lot going for him: he’s hoping to be a starter on his high school football team, he has a fiercely protective mom, a girlfriend, and a part-time job at Eugene’s Gas Stop, where he works with his best friend. But he neglects everything that matters to him after Beatrice, his neighbour’s enigmatic new wife, comes to town. Soon he finds himself alone with her—in the change room at Modern You, a clothing store on Second Street; in the back row of the theatre at Chapel Hill Cinema; in the front seat of her truck. He’s confused about who she is, what she wants, and where she comes from. Adam is desperate, caught between wanting to spend time with Beatrice—whose past is catching up with her—and lying to everyone he cares about. The guilt overwhelms him. And when Beatrice convinces Adam’s mom to quit her job and partner in a risky real estate venture, he has to do something before everything spins further out of control. The plan he comes up with tests his courage and leads him to an unshakable truth about loyalty and love.

      By turns riveting and tender-hearted, The Empress of Idaho is a story about the vulnerability and confusion of adolescence at the moment when it slams against adulthood. It’s an unforgettable portrait of a boy’s difficult coming of age.


      Story Locale: Monument, Colorado
      Bio
      TODD BABIAK’s most recent novels are Son of France and Come Barbarians, which was a Globe and Mail book of the year and a number one bestseller. His earlier work includes The Garneau Block, which was a national bestseller, a longlisted title for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the winner of the City of Edmonton Book Prize; The Book of Stanley; and Toby: A Man, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and won the Alberta Book Award for Best Novel. Todd Babiak is the co-founder of Story Engine, a consulting company based in Edmonton and Vancouver.

      Author Residence: Edmonton, Alberta
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      Praise forTodd Babiak and The Garneau Block:

      “Babiak’s language isn’t lofty, but dense with keen observation—highlighting the beauty, kindness, cynicism, sense of humour and contradiction found in many Edmontonians, most Canadians and modern life in general.”—Ottawa Citizen

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    9781770865143 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: April 27, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.13 x 7.63 x 0.5 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y Cormorant Books
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      Laure Baudot’s This One Because of the Dead is a collection of stories about the power of what goes unsaid – of the truths people keep hidden from each other, which guide their relationships and their decisions in unexpected ways.

      A former ballet dancer and her boyfriend who is about to scale Mt. Everest struggle with the contradictions between what they want from life and what they need from each other.

      A man on a business trip in Tokyo navigates culture shock as well as the muddy waters of life back home.

      An ex-babysitter, called to testify against one of her former clients, recalls her own complicated history with him.

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      Laure Baudot is an author and martial artist. With Toronto as her base, she has travelled the world with her adventurous husband and three children. Her work has been published in various literary journals. including The Danforth Review, The Fertile Source, Found Press, and Prairie Fire.
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      "Laure Baudot's prose is exquisite, patient, and sophisticated."
      "Laure Baudot's moving stories have you simultaneously looking in the rear-view mirror and white-knuckling the arm rest while the narrative races down twisting roads, the moral speedometer tracking wildly between zero and 100."

      “What a pleasure to discover the perceptive and intelligent short stories of Laure Baudot. With affectionate, precise detail, she writes about flawed characters –- of different ages at different stages in different settings -- whose relationships are out of alignment for such a variety of reasons that no story resembles another and yet the collection holds together beautifully. Truly engaging.”


      "Baudot's straightforward prose paints a candid picture of the pivotal moments in her characters' lives."

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    Honour Beat Tara Beagan Canada
    9781927922477 Paperback DRAMA / Canadian Publication Date: April 01, 2019
    $15.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Scirocco Drama
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      Two grown sisters face off over their mother's deathbed. Together they confront one another, their own identities, and what will remain when their mom leaves this world. A contemporary look at the significance of faith and family, Honour Beat evokes both laughter and tears as three women grapple with one of life's most difficult inevitabilities.
      Bio
      Born in Niitsitapi country, Beagan is a proud Ntlaka'pamux and Irish "Canadian" halfbreed. She has written more than twenty plays, and also directs and performs. Currently, she co-helms ARTICLE 11 with her most cherished collaborator, favourite artist and true love, Andy Moro. A11, now based in Mohkintsis, has brought Indigenous Activist art works to the NAC, the ROM, Kingcome Inlet, Kamloops, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary's city hall, Edinburgh Fringe, and Wellington, Aotearoa (NZ).
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      "Honour Beat is an important work of art...celebrates -- honours --women as the givers and sustainers of life...The ending is extraordinary." -Globe & Mail "The final uplifting, spiritual moments of \i Honour Beat \i0 will linger with you long after you've left the theatre...the beautiful sentiments at the heart of the play. \i -Calgary Herald\i0
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    Maiden, Mother, and Crone Fantastical Trans Femmes Gwen Benaway Canada
    9781988715216 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: June 11, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 6.07 x 9.05 x 0.43 in | 60 pages Carton Quantity: 72 Canadian Rights: Y Bedside Press
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      Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a Bedside Press anthology of new fantastical short fiction by trans women and trans feminine writers curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway. Drawing on high fantasy and other genres of fantasy writing, Maiden, Mother, and Crone is the first anthology by trans femme authors to explore the realms of magic, supernatural beings, and alternate universes. Enter a universe of wonder where trans femmes are powerful heroines, sorceresses, and warriors fighting against dark forces in vivid magical worlds. Created by celebrated trans femme writers this anthology will transform the landscape of fantasy fiction and offer radical portals into excitement, danger, and transformation.
      Bio
      Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018.
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    Rerouted 1st edition Daniel Bryant Canada
    9780889844216 Paperback FICTION / Short Stories Publication Date: June 30, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.55 x 8.75 x 0.68 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Porcupine's Quill
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      Expect the unexpected in Daniel Bryant's Rerouted, a collection of linked short stories in which myth, mirth and mayhem are never far away.

      Bio

      Born in Montreal, Daniel Bryant grew up in the small town of Aurora, Ontario. He graduated with an Honours B. A. In English from York University and received the Timothy Findley/William Whitehead Scholarship to attend the Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program. He has mentored with Paul Quarrington and Will Ferguson. Rerouted is his first collection of short stories. When not writing, Dan has worked many interesting jobs: printing press, tannery, tart factory, film crew. He currently works for Canada Post as a letter carrier. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Nancy, and occasional appearances by their grown son and daughter.

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    Series: Nunatak First Fiction Series
    The Melting Queen Bruce Cinnamon Canada
    9781988732503 Paperback FICTION / LGBT Publication Date: April 01, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0 in | 300 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y NeWest Press
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      Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen--a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city's spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As River's reign upends the city's century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton's soul. Ultimately, River must uncover the hidden history of Melting Day, forcing Edmonton to confront the dark underbelly of its traditions and leading the city into a new chapter in its history.

      Balancing satire with compassion, Bruce Cinnamon's debut novel combines history and magic to weave a splendid future-looking tale. Recalling the work of Minister Faust and Vivek Shraya, The Melting Queen lays down a foundational mythology for Edmonton in the vein of Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg.

      Bio
      Bruce Cinnamon was born in Edmonton and grew up just downstream in Fort Saskatchewan, along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Alberta and a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. His favourite authors and literary influences include Garth Nix, Haruki Murakami, Jorge Luis Borges, Rachel Carson, Thomas King, Tomson Highway, and Italo Calvino. The Melting Queen is his first novel.
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    9781988098753 Paperback FICTION / Crime Publication Date: April 15, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 196 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Now Or Never Publishing
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      Although Evan Marshall has done time, he is more of a freelance hack and fly-by-night adventurer than a criminal. His life takes yet another detour when he becomes involved with an over-the-top personality named Lawson--not only a playwright, actor, novelist, would-be priest and teacher, but a self-destructive alcoholic, drug addict and part-time mental patient. After surviving an attack by the husband of his pregnant Japanese girlfriend, Marshall mugs an acquaintance and hangs out with his new friend who brawls, tells stories, gets arrested, suspended, spends thousands on drugs and women, and checks in and out of the psychiatric ward. Who better then to devise a half-baked plan with to rob a crack house with a shotgun and cleaver?

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      Author of five previous works of fiction, Trevor Clark has also worked as an oilrig roughneck, editor, portrait photographer, bookstore manager, and home entertainment coordinator for a movie production company. Originally from Toronto, Trevor lived for a while in Vancouver, and currently resides in Montreal.

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    Category E Belinda Cornish Canada, Ruth Bratt
    9781770919785 Paperback DRAMA / Women Authors Publication Date: April 16, 2019
    $17.95 CAD 5.37 x 8.36 x 0.32 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 92 Canadian Rights: Y Playwrights Canada Press
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      I didn’t think we got to have names.

      Two human test subjects—Corcoran, a half-blind paraplegic, and Filigree, a clinical psychopath—coexist in a laboratory cell. They are sterilized, property of the state, and utilized for the benefit of higher-valued citizens. In their cell are two beds and two chairs. But then Millet arrives. Within thirty-six hours there will only be two again. In the meantime, they play Monopoly, try to figure out who is next door, eat what is given to them, and do their best not to kill each other.

      This black comedy takes a wry and unsentimental look at the cavalier cruelties of animal science and asks how we place value on life.
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      Belinda is an actor and playwright. Her last two plays, Little Elephants and Category E, both received Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards for Outstanding New Play. She is a core company member of Die-Nasty, the live improvised soap opera, a member of the acting ensemble with Teatro La Quindicina, and founder of her own company, Bright Young Things. She is the recipient of a Rosie Award and a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her performance in the sitcom Tiny Plastic Men, and she voices a variety of characters in BioWare’s Mass Effect and Dragon Age games. She lives in Edmonton in a Halloween house with her husband and two small but mighty dogs.

      Ruth Bratt is a writer/performer/improviser. As an improviser, she is a regular guest with the Comedy Store Players; is one quarter of the Glenda J Collective with Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans, and Cariad Lloyd; one half of A Very Serious Play with Lee Simpson; is often in The Actor’s Nightmare; and has guested on Whose Line Is It Anyway Live. She is a founding member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, with whom she has performed and taught all over the world, as they continue to tour worldwide and perform regularly in the West End following their Olivier AwardÐwinning run in 2015. She’s a regular player in the London 50-?hour Improvathons, and has done two with Die-?Nasty in Edmonton, where it all started! She plays Roche in the BAFTA-?winning show People Just Do Nothing (BBC), and was Carol in the last series of Man Down for Channel 4. She wrote and performed Trodd En Bratt Say Well Done You with Lucy Trodd (BBC Radio 4). Other credits include Derek (C4), Mongrels (BBC 3), and Sarah Millican’s Support Group (Radio 4). Ruth is an ambassador for World Animal Protection, and likes sitting on sofas with dogs and cats, and is obsessed with ceramics and becoming a part-?time potter.
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      “A gem of grim science fiction.” —Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre
      “Great theatre disturbs its audiences from time to time. Great theatre energizes an audience. Great theatre provides a riveting story. Category E is an astonishing play.” —Joe Szekeres, OnStage Blog
      “There’s certainly a dash of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter here, not to mention a little bit of Beckett’s Endgame.”—J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail
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    The Laws of the Skies Gregoire Courtois Canada, Rhonda Mullins
    9781552453872 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5.15 x 8.06 x 0.52 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 41 Canadian Rights: Y Coach House Books
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      Winnie-the-Pooh meets The Blair Witch Project in this very grown-up tale of a camping trip gone horribly awry. Twelve six-year-olds and their three adult chaperones head into the woods on a camping trip. None of them make it out alive. The Laws of the Skies tells the harrowing story of those days in the woods, of illness and accidents - and a murderous child. Part fairy tale, part horror film, this macabre fable takes us through the minds of all the members of this doomed party, murderers and murdered alike.
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      Grégoire Courtois lives in Burgundy, France, where he runs his own independent bookstore. In 2013, he founded the international book festival Caractères in Auxerre. This is his third novel. Rhonda Mullins has won the Governor General's Award for Translation and has translated many French novels into English, including most recently Suzanne, nominated for the Best Translated Book Award, and Little Beast .
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    Dream Sequence Adam Foulds Canada
    9781771962810 Paperback FICTION / Literary Publication Date: April 30, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.56 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 68 Canadian Rights: Y Biblioasis
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      An American super-fan and an A-list British actor struggle with the consequences of obsession and celebrity.

      Newly divorced, Kristin chafes against her sister’s concerns about how she’s faring. After all, she’s redecorated her ex-husband out of her home, taken up yoga, and has a new love interest: a man she met by chance in the airport, to whom she felt an instant connection, a fated love she describes to him in letter after letter--but except for the single envelope his agent’s new assistant mistakenly passes along to him, Henry Banks, star of the UK’s most popular television series, doesn’t even know she exists. From the author of Man-Booker shortlisted The Quickening Maze, Dream Sequence is a moving depiction of psychological obsession and the unsettling consequences of fame, and the surprising ways their distorting lenses overlap.


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      Adam Foulds is a poet and novelist from London, England, now resident in Toronto. He has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer Of The Year, the Costa Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Show Prize for Literature, the E. M. Forster Award, the Encore Award, and the European Union Prize For Literature. His 2009 novel, The Quickening Maze, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010. He was named as one of Granta Magazine’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013 and of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets in 2014. His latest novel, In The Wolf’s Mouth, was published by Jonathan Cape in February 2014. His next, Dream Sequence, will be published early in 2019.

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      Praise for Dream Sequence

      “Everyone loves a good page-turner full of aspirational scene-setting, but few literary novelists dare to try it . . . [Dream Sequence] is a sexy, celeby drama . . . just like The Great Gatsby, this novel billows around you like a queasy dream, its grand scenery and awful characters combining to take us out of the real world and into another, oddly shimmering version of it.” The Times (London)

      “Dream Sequence succeeds as a narrative thanks to Foulds's prose. He doesn't waste a single word, is frequently very funny, insightful and surprising. And he does a marvelous job of making us wonder who loves Henry the most, Kristin or Henry—and which of these possibilities is the most alarming consequence of celebrity.” —New York Times Book Review

      "The quality of the prose carries the book beyond conventions, as Mr. Foulds is able to conjure, with the unsettling immediacy of a person breathing against your neck, both Henry’s and Kristin’s private fixations and fantasies." —The Wall Street Journal

      “Adam Foulds is one of the best fiction writers working today. Dream Sequence possesses all the hallmarks of his previous books--emotional acuity, beautiful prose--and also a seductive plot and an ingenious structure. It's a great novel. I read it practically in one sitting.” —David Bezmozgis, author of the Giller-shortlisted The Free World

      Dream Sequence notices everything . . . Description is intimate and visceral, scratching at the glossy surface of the lives of the characters and underpinning the 'vacuum' they move through, together but apart . . . This is a novel of screens, of echoes and constant counterpoint, driven by changes in light as much as its reflective plot where matters of 'acting' are paramount ... [a] shimmering novel.”Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

      “What makes this pair so interesting isn’t the asymmetry of their relationship, but that deep down, they’re so similar . . . Both of these people channel their dissatisfaction with the present by living in a rich fantasy land of the future they imagine for themselves – to borrow the novel’s title, a dream sequence – albeit in different ways . . . Proverbial are the dangers of living in the past, but we rarely speak about the perils of living too much for what we imagine to come. Dream Sequence reminds readers to be present and to value what you have now.” —The Globe and Mail

      “[An] entertainingly skewering new novel about ambition and obsession.” —Toronto Star

      “[A] livewire exploration of sex and power.”Metro News

      “An outstanding and unyielding exploration of celebrity, fame, and all its attendant obsessions...Foulds’s novel is fun, smart, and tense, part psychological drama about media-driven obsession and part razor-sharp social critique.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “[Dream Sequence] is an exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love verging on obsession . . . Foulds is proving himself to be a versatile writer of intelligence and charm.” —The Spectator

      “Precise and compressed language . . . while Henry’s precarious mix of insecurity and massive self-regard is sometimes played, effectively, for comedy, Foulds is also taking a serious look at contemporary identity and the alienating consequences of fame . . . terrifically good writing.” —Winnipeg Free Press

      "The dream Adam Foulds weaves in this scintillating novel is gradually revealed, with grace and subtlety, to be an especially timely form of waking nightmare—but a nightmare so precise, and often beautiful, that one comes to prefer it, in some ways, to dull reality. Read this book.” —John Wray, author of Godsend

      "Adam Foulds’s fourth novel, Dream Sequence, is an exquisitely concocted, riveting account of artistic ambition and unrequited love verging on obsession . . . One finishes the book wishing the dream were longer." —Philip Womack, The Spectator

      "Beautifully written . . . A novel about loneliness and obsession in contemporary life, set in hotels and airports, sterile apartment blocks, gyms and yoga classes." —Alice O'Keefe, New Statesman

      "Entrancing language . . . Lyricism abounds throughout this deftly handled ­cautionary tale – one which warns that meeting our heroes can be dangerous and dreams can be frighteningly real." —Abu Dhabi National

      “There’s deep psychology on every page . . . it’s the details of the writing itself—the precision of the word selection combined with the precision of the observation—that make for such enjoyable reading . . . Add to this keenness of perception a poetical ear for euphony and cadence and you have the quiddity of Foulds’s gift.” —The Guardian

      “[I]ncisively well-written and alluringly readable . . . Adam Foulds—whose previous work includes The Quickening Maze, about the poet John Clare’s incarceration in an Epping Forest asylum in the 1840s, and In the Wolf’s Mouth, set in North Africa and Sicily during the Second World War—is acutely sensitive to shifting environments, conveying them brilliantly with few words. This prose is truly poetic . . . Yet this novel also moves like a thriller, as these different vacancies, Henry and Kristin, collide in their desires. A terrific book about the realities and delusions of fame distorting the way we live now: not to be missed.” —The Evening Standard

      “[Foulds] has turned his keen attention to the present day, and the result is a book whose “thriller” label comes less from plot and more from the deepening unsettlement as Foulds turns the lights up on the derangements, both mundane and catastrophic, that drive both Henry and Kristin. As always with Foulds, though, the real star here is the writing, a delight at the smallest levels...An incisive and disquieting look at the consequences of fame.” —Kirkus

      "Foulds once again brings his psychological acuity to bear on characters bound within claustrophobic lives that they long to escape...[a] lucid, richly detailed and tense novel."Financial Times

      Praise for Adam Foulds

      "It has been a while since I have read a book as richly sown with beauty . . . A remarkable work, remarkable for the precision and vitality of its perceptions and for the successful intricacy of its prose." James Wood, The New Yorker

      "Adam Foulds writes like an angel about devilish things . . . He is fearsomely unafraid of the darkness within humans and the darkness they are capable of creating around them. The supple, sensuous beauty of his prose is bewitching: like the helpless children of Hamelin we follow wherever he chooses to lead, however horrifying the terrain, enchanted by the unstoppable flow of rich, unforgettable images." Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times

      ”Foulds acknowledged mastery as a novelist and as a poet . . . is often apparent in this book: in the ambiguous dialogues between strangers revealing unspoken intimacies, in the delicately clipped snippets of everyday life recalled in the confusion of war, in the lyrical broken-up sentences that mirror the physical and mental shattering of the ongoing slaughter." Alberto Manguel, The Guardian

      "Adam Foulds is a young British novelist of striking talent and eclecticism. His style is first-rate, combining precision with a rich poetic imagination. He is able to do more with language, and at greater depth, than most other British novelists of his generation." Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times

      "On the level of the sentence, there's much to admire in this novel. Foulds has a searching eye for detail and an apparently helpless compulsion to wring imagery from his subject." Tim Martin, The Telegraph

      "Combining careful, considered prose with horrific realism, the latest from Foulds expertly renders the Allied campaigns in Italy and North Africa during WWII . . . readers will be amazed at this deeply felt, vivid novel." Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)

      "Foulds writes like no one else; while individual scenes are rendered with poetic simplicity, they fit together into an elliptical, complex plot readers will puzzle over long after finishing this novel." Kirkus

      "Electric . . . Mr. Foulds powerfully achieves what Stephen Crane called the 'psychological portrayal of fear' . . . fiercely memorable fiction." The Wall Street Journal

      In the hands of award-winning poet Foulds, this combat narrative promises to remind us, via the revitalizing power of great writing, what war really feels and looks like." Daniel Lefferts, Bookish.com

      "Prose that flashes like the bullets and explosions it evokes." Laurie Greer, Politics and Prose

      "A harsh illumination of the broken mess that most war amounts to." John Domini, Bookforum

      "Combining careful, considered prose with horrific realism, the latest from Foulds expertly renders the Allied campaigns in Italy and North Africa during WWII." Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week)

      "Fresh and penetrating, flecked with original images...it's hard not to take delicious pleasure in [Foulds's] droll and sparkling prose." Quill and Quire

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