BREAK-OUT BINA: Anakana is part of the next generation of Canadian literary superstars. After the massive critical success of Martin John, this is Anakana’s first book with a major publisher. She is poised to reach a much wider audience with this voice-driven masterpiece.
INTERNATIONAL CRED: Martin John earned rave reviews the world over, including major international prize nominations and best-of-the-year lists. Bina is the first of a two-book deal with Knopf Canada, and we expect this book to travel well beyond our borders.
IMPORTANT SOCIAL NOVEL FOR OUR TIMES: Bina takes on the fraught but hugely important issue of the right to die and assisted suicide, as well as related themes of class and power. Like Martin John, Anakana’s approach is incendiary but also uncanny in the way it speaks to our present moment.
Advance praise for Bina:
“Anakana Schofield’s Bina is a fiction of the rarest and darkest kind, a work whose pleasures must be taken measure for measure with its pains. Few writers operate the scales of justice with more precision, and Schofield is no less exacting in what she chooses to weigh. The novel’s themes—male violence, the nature of moral courage, the contemporary problems of truth and individuality, the status of the female voice—could hardly be more timely or germane. Schofield’s sense of injustice is unblinking and without illusion, yet her writing is so vivacious, so full of interest and lust for life: she is the most compassionate of storytellers, wearing the guise of the blackest comedian.” —Rachel Cusk, Giller Prize–shortlisted author of Outline and Transit
“Intimate, disarming, and riotous, Bina is a searing exploration of one woman’s soul that unwinds like a reluctant confession. Whether Bina is rescuing a ne’er-do-well from a ditch, taking a hammer to a plane or considering the dark request of her best friend, Schofield has created a compelling, practical everywoman—someone who has had enough and is ready to make a spectacle.” —Eden Robinson, Giller Prize–shortlisted author of Son of a Trickster and Monkey Beach
“Insightful. Inventive. Hilarious. Genius.” —Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, and The Lesser Bohemians, winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize
Praise for Anakana Schofield and her previous books, Martin John and Malarky:
“Profane, strange, hilarious, and necessary, Martin John is a beguiling triumph.” —Patrick deWitt, author of French Exit and The Sisters Brothers
“Brilliant…. From Martin John’s uncanny repetitions and ellipses, Schofield forges beautiful and thrilling prose-poetry. The atmosphere of her language is stunningly distinctive.” —Literary Review
“Fearless…. Schofield pushes the boundaries in careful calibrations of narrative structure and language that bites.” —The Vancouver Sun
“[A]s an avant-garde novelist, Schofield is in a class unto herself.” —The Globe & Mail
“[Martin John] is is an important and brilliantly unconventional work, offering a glimpse into a mind few can ever, or would ever want to, fully understand.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
On Martin John: “The novel all your favourite novelists will be reading.” —Mark Medley, The Globe & Mail
“Malarky spins and glitters like a coin flipped in the air—now searingly tragic, now blackly funny. The language is joyful and exuberant, the characters thoughtful and deeply felt. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.” —Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean
“Malarky is a terrific read, a brilliant collision of heartbreak and hilarity written in a voice that somehow seems both feral and perfectly controlled. Anakana Schofield’s ‘Our Woman’ takes a cool nod at Joyce, then goes her own way in one of the most moving and lyrical debut novels I’ve read.” —Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
“Anakana Schofield is part of a new wave of wonderful Irish fiction—international in scope and electrically alive.” —Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin
“We become comfortable saying that there’s nothing new, and then something like Malarky comes along, which is new and old and different and familiar, but ultimately itself, comfortable in its own skin, wise and smart and crazy-sexy or maybe sexy-crazy—well, you just have to read it to understand. It’s a novel that sets its own course, sure and steady, even when it seems like it might be about to go over the edge of the world.” —Laura Lippman, author of When She Was Good
“Everything about this primly raunchy, uproarious novel (Malarky) is unexpected—each draught poured from the teapot marks another moment of pure literary audacity.” —Lynn Coady, author of The Antagonist
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