West (Paperback)Carys Davies (author)
Quirky, poignant, violent and profoundly atmospheric, Davies’ impressive debut pits a Pennsylvania settler against assorted monsters of the imagination that may, or may not, inhabit the American West, whilst his ten year old daughter waits and worries. Told in spare, crisp prose, West is a thing of harsh beauty and wild poetry.
Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019
Waterstones Welsh Book of the Month for April 2019
'All the stark power and immediacy of a folk tale or a legend...a writer of immense talent.' - Colm Toibin
When Cy Bellman, American settler and widowed father of Bess, reads in the newspaper that huge ancient bones have been discovered in a Kentucky swamp, he leaves his small Pennsylvania farm and young daughter to find out if the rumours are true: that the giant monsters are still alive, and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River.
West is the story of Bellman's journey and of Bess, waiting at home for her father to return.
Written with compassionate tenderness and magical thinking, it explores the courage of conviction, the transformative power of grief, the desire for knowledge and the pull of home, from an exceptionally talented and original British writer. It is a radiant and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie, electric monument to possibility.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 119 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm
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A sweet idea for a story, Cy Bellman wants to explore uncharted territory in order to see the bones of the reportedly 'giant monsters'. He leaves behind his young daughter with his mother and sets out into... More
“A Small and Wonderful Marvel”
Carys Davies' debut novel is a true gem, a sweeping historical saga in microcosm. Deftly interweaving the stories of dreamy pioneer Cy Bellman's search for the bones of giant monsters in the unknown wilds of... More
“Gorgeous writing, weaker plot”
West is the debut novella from an established short story writer, and it feels like a debut novella from an established short story writer. Carys Davies' writing is stunning, and I love how sparse her writing is;... More
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