FABULOUS FOLLOW-UP: This is Flanagan’s first new novel after the incredibly successful and acclaimed The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which won the Man Booker Prize, was a national bestseller in hardcover and paperback, and was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and NPR.
BASED ON A TRUE(ISH) STORY: Flanagan was inspired by the experience, early in his career, of ghostwriting a memoir for a con man who died while they were working together—resulting in a novel that feels eerily intimate.
SHARP SATIRE: First Person offers both an acerbic take on publishing, celebrity culture, and media, as well as a highly relevant look at our increasingly truth-deficient world. Flanagan is known for the intensity of his subject matter, and that’s still present here, but enhanced by a biting humor that adds a whole other dimension to his writing.
PRIZEWINNING AUTHOR: The Booker is only the latest of Flanagan’s many accolades. His work has been published in twenty-six countries, and he has won Australia’s National Fiction Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, among other honors.
“An aria on the necessity of self-invention, on the loops and lacunas of memory and bullish inadequacy of all language…. Boasts a shimmering ingenuity and ominousness…. At a time when our truth is daily contorted, debauched or ignored, we require Flanagan’s artful reminder of the wreckage caused by our unwillingness to say what happened.”—The Washington Post
“Heidl as a character is deeply compelling, and Flanagan writes with acute sensitivity about Kif’s swelling anxieties made deeper by his gradually crumbling marriage.”—The New York Times Book Review
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