MAJOR ATTENTION FOR DAYS WITHOUT END: The previous novel Days Without End won the UK Costa Book of the Year Award, the Walter Scott Prize, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. It received stunning reviews from the New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Time among many others.
AWARD-WINNING BOOKS: Sebastian Barry’s other novels have also won and been nominated for many awards. He was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Award, three times for the Man Booker Prize, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, Irish Novel of the Year, and James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HOUSE AUTHOR: We’ve published his seven novels which have a net sale of over 300,000 copies across formats.
Praise for A Thousand Moons:
“[His characters] may have rolled under the floorboards of history, but in Barry’s capacious, generous imagination, they have a speaking voice. Their lives, often of abysmal failure, anguish, and bare survival, become as heroic as in any classical epic.” —Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books
“[F]reighted with history and meaning. War’s aftershocks, Native American genocide, African-American slavery, not to mention gender fluidity: all of this Mr. Barry folds into Winona’s narrative with his customary skill…Winona is our clear-eyed guide not only to the annihilated past but also to the enduring natural world.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Barry prefers moral complication to the righteous simplicities of ‘us’ and ‘them’…the writing brings off Barry’s characteristic balancing act, between the lyrical telling that comes to him naturally and the grubby, tormenting world he wants to show us…The politics and power struggles, male brutality and race rhetoric in this novel are imagined with an intuitive, unsparing realism…Because of something unguarded in his writing, and his idiom borrowed from ordinary speech and proverbial wisdom, we can trust him to touch the terrible stories from our collective past without betraying them, or turning them merely into clever art. His work reminds us how much we need these rare gifts of the natural storyteller, for reckoning with our past and present.” —The Guardian (London)
“Barry’s atmospheric prose captures the mid-nineteenth century’s language and hardscrabble spirit.” —The New Yorker
“Along with memorable characters and a powerful story line, A Thousand Moons blends bygone language with rich imagery…like its predecessor, this novel considers timeless ideas like tolerance and human rights. Taken together, these books stand as a sustained interrogation of this country’s founding ideas and myths…Barry’s affection and respect for Winona is palpable. A Thousand Moons is a sincere and well-written novel starring an intrepid, self-sufficient heroine. We can never have too many of these.” —Star-Tribune
“One of Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary gifts as a writer is his boundless capacity for empathy, for inhabiting the skin, nerves and mouths of characters the river of history tends to wash away…This attention to the stories of individual figures within broader generations has created a humane and textured history of the Irish nation and its emigrant experiences.” —The Irish Times
“Barry understands full well the challenges inherent in his decision to tell Winona’s story. This is a subtle, troubling novel, full of silences, full of pain…Barry knows that it is too much to look for redemption in a story like Winona’s, but in his telling he shows that love offers at least a spark of hope.” —Financial Times
“A compelling tale of identity and revenge…a journey that is horrifying, thrilling and enchanting in equal measure, all of it rendered in Barry’s uniquely lyrical prose, which seems at once effortless and dense with meaning…[P]rose this good is a kind of enchantment, transcending the constructs that are supposed to define us to speak in a voice that is truly universal.” —The Observer (London)
“A poetic sensibility runs through this luminous novel of sorrow and uplift by the Booker-nominated, multi-award-winning Barry. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“[T]his beautifully rendered historical bildungsroman is equal parts thrilling and meditative.” —Booklist
“In Winona, who sees both the beauty and the piercing loss of her world, Barry has created a vivid if didactic heroine…[W]ill satisfy fans of the first installment [Days Without End].” —Publishers Weekly
“A page-turner with heart and soul…Like all of Barry’s best fiction, it examines life from an angle that makes it look as fresh as a new moon.” —The Times (London)
“A richly poetic read. Barry is concerned again with shifting sexual, personal and political boundaries, with the effects of tumultuous times—of rivalry, lawlessness and fissure—on individuals, families and communities, and with interactions between those on opposite sides of a political debate.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“Barry is an extraordinary descriptive writer. The prose is tightly wound and seems so persistently on the edge of violence that acts of compassion are almost as shocking as those of brutality…There’s a quiet glow of brightness – here are unexpected stories of love and respect. But, ultimately, theirs is a world ’so knotted with evil that good could only hope to unknot a tiny few threads of it.’” —Sunday Telegraph (London)
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