The Fire Starters (Paperback)Jan Carson (author)
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Harnessing a rich vein of magical realism to a propulsive, provocative story of Troubles-era tension, Carson’s intensely powerful novel places two fathers under the microscope as they struggle to understand the nature of their young children. Painting an electrifying picture of a city perpetually on the edge of bloody violence, The Fire Starters has drawn high praise from fellow authors, with Roddy Doyle hailing it a ‘gripping, surprising, exciting novel’ and Donal Ryan celebrating ‘an insanely alluring… siren song of a novel.’
Waterstones Irish Book of the Month for March 2020
Dr Jonathan Murray fears his new-born daughter is not as harmless as she seems.
Sammy Agnew is wrestling with his dark past, and fears the violence in his blood lurks in his son, too.
The city is in flames and the authorities are losing control. As matters fall into frenzy, and as the lines between fantasy and truth, right and wrong, begin to blur, who will these two fathers choose to protect?
Dark, propulsive and thrillingly original, this tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice fizzes with magic and wonder.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 209 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 18 mm
'Gripping, affecting, surprising. I inhaled it'. - Lisa McInerney
'Spectacular ... Dark, beautiful, at once grittily real and wildly magical. Insanely alluring.' - Donal Ryan
'Blew me away with its power, anger and wit.' - Joseph O'Connor
'With a caustic wit and lyrical prose style, The Fire Starters is a rumination on fatherhood, identity, culture and place ... it marks out Carson as one of the most exciting and original Northern Irish writers of her generation' - The Sunday Times
'Shimmering with wit, simmering with an incandescent rage, shot through with a seam of wild magic, The Fire Starters is a powerful, disturbing portrait of East Belfast and its people and its hope for the future. I won't be the only reader to proclaim that, in the best way possible, Jan Carson is on fire.' - Lucy Caldwell
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