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Here We Are
By (author): Graham Swift
9780735279797 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 22, 2020
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.46 x 7.79 x 0.9 in | 0.7 lb 208 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Random House Canada
One of the best writers at work today, author of the internationally acclaimed Mothering Sunday, brings us another superbly conceived novel that, with astonishing economy, touches depths and evokes wonders—not least because its central theme is magic.

In the summer of 1959, at the pier theatre in Brighton, England, a variety show unfurls every night, held together by Jack Robinson, its master of ceremonies. At 28, already a veteran of the stage, he introduces the performers with some showmanship of his own, and he knows how to send the audience home happy. But the true stars of the evening are Pablo and Eve. “Pablo” is really Ronnie, a magician who prefers to be called an “illusionist,” Jack’s friend from army days; “Eve” is Evie, Pablo’s “delightful, delicious, delorable” assistant. Through the summer season, their act shifts from mere stock trickery to truly unfathomable wizardry, with Jack providing the encouragement they need on stage—and the personal entanglement none of them saw coming. As the novel explores the essential experiences of their lives—apart and together, past and present and deep into their old age—we understand their enduring inseparability, bound together by a mix of truth and deception to which they all contribute.

Here We Are is both hauntingly moving and vividly comic. A love story involving more than one love, a vision of the world lingering at the edge of change and emerging slowly from the aftermath of war, it dazzles with Swift’s own ability to conjure in a brief space the complexities, mysteries and moments of living magic at the heart of existence itself.

Story Locale: Brighton, and WWII and postwar England

AUTHOR: Swift has a long career of prizes and accolades, beginning with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Shuttlecock in 1983 and most notably the Booker Prize for Last Orders in 1996. Waterland was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1983 and was shortlisted for the Booker that same year. Mothering Sunday won the Hawthornden Prize for the best work of imaginative literature (other recent winners: Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith, Tessa Hadley).

UK and US PUBLICATION: We’ll be publishing simultaneously with Knopf US and just after Scribner UK’s onsale to generate as much buzz as possible.

REVIEWS: Swift is a reviewer’s favourite. The Toronto Star called Mothering Sunday, “a magnificent book, a small miracle.” And Robert J. Wiersema described Swift in the National Post as “a master of subtlety, of the meaningful nuance, the casual gesture, the break in speech…”

BOOK CLUB: This novel, which unfolds almost like a mystery, is a perfect fit for book clubs.

GRAHAM SWIFT was born in 1949 and is the author of ten novels; two collections of short stories; and Making an Elephant, a book of essays, portraits, poetry and reflections on his life in writing. With Waterland he won the Guardian Fiction Award, and with Last Orders the Booker Prize. Both novels were made into films. His work has appeared in more than thirty languages. He lives in London.

Author Residence: London, England

Author Hometown: London, England

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“[T]his book itself is a work of magic: neither trick nor illusion, but a flash of truth.” —Wall Street Journal
 
Here We Are is a paragon of the magic of compressed narration. How does Swift pull off this literary sleight of hand?…[O]nce again, Swift has demonstrated wizardry in his ability to conjure magic out of ordinary lives.” —NPR
 
Here We Are leaves a lasting impression…. Swift has also worked his magic to produce a novel fueled by, and consequently alive with, creative brilliance and emotional intensity.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] beautiful, gentle, intricate novella, the kind of book that stays with you… Here We Are smuggles within the pages of a seemingly commonplace tale depths of emotion and narrative complexity that take the breath away.” —The Guardian
 
“[A] quiet, word-perfect novel…. Graham Swift is the quiet master of fiction.” —The Sydney Morning Herald

“A sleight-of-hand novel…. [T]he hocus pocus of identity and destiny, how we become who we are and make the choices we do, offers plenty of surprise as well as revelation. A novel that agrees with Shakespeare that all the world’s a stage.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A quietly devastating, magical novel.” —The Telegraph

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