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Quinn (Hardback)Em Strang (author)
* A Scotsman 'Best Book of 2023' *
From an award-winning Scottish poet, an unforgettable novel about memory and radical forgiveness
How far would you go to overcome the limits of your own forgiveness?
Quinn is serving a life sentence for a crime he's convinced he hasn't committed. Surely the authorities have got it wrong, and when they find his childhood sweetheart, Andrea, his name will be cleared. His parole date is drawing near when he receives an unexpected letter from Andrea's mother, who invites Quinn to share her home.
It soon becomes clear that what appears to be a genuine act of forgiveness is influenced by more complex motivations. As the duo navigate the thorny terrain of guilt, justice and mutual need that underpins their relationship, the story of Quinn's past is gradually revealed, setting in motion a final reckoning.
Em Strang's first novel is a hypnotic rendering of an unravelling mind and a visceral story about the very limits of forgiveness.
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Dimensions: 206 x 135 x 19 mm
'Quite remarkable... Strang is an exceptionally accomplished writer.'
'Eerie and moving... Quinn is a haunting fable about redemption, rendered in otherworldly, poetic prose.'
'A fascinating fever dream of a book... What a novelistic debut from Em Strang.'
'Arresting… [with] a Max Porter-like intensity.'
'Hypnotically beautiful... It has the rare quality of being precise and gripping while at the same time leaving you radically uncertain as to what has actually happened.'
'Reads like a fever dream... Delicate and touching... This devastating story [is] one of redemption too.'
'I read it at a sitting, compelled by this strange and beautiful work... An astonishing feat of imagination.'
'Em Strang's is a true voice, and Quinn is that rarity, an original work of fiction, which excavates trauma and memory and refuses the frameworks placed on it. This book is its own landscape. Strange and powerful.'
'Such graceful prose with not a wasted breath; such grounded sharing from the magma of experience.'
'A beautifully constructed and mesmerizing book that makes you think afresh about the enduring residue of pain both for those who have committed acts of violence and those affected by them. A brave and original attempt to answer our culture of dehumanization with a story that rehumanizes at every level.'
‘That Em Strang is a poet comes as no surprise. She packs the text with natural imagery and quirky linguistic choices… The novel is compelling and original.’
'Short but intense… [Strang] clearly realises that her readers are watching out for the first sign of any dash towards the predictable. Her talent lies in the way that she keeps them inside Quinn’s fraying, frightened mind... Imaginative, compelling and refreshingly cliche-free.'
'This novel had us gripped from start to finish!'
'A subtle and sophisticated exploration of forgiveness and motive.'
'Quinn teems with poetic effects... A piece of writing that subverts the novel’s traditional narrative techniques – plot, dialogue, character development – and replaces them instead with the allusive and symbolic devices of an extended prose poem.'
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