A Town Called Solace: ‘Will break your heart’ Graham Norton

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A Town Called Solace: ‘Will break your heart’ Graham Norton

A Town Called Solace: ‘Will break your heart’ Graham Norton

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Mercilessly anatomising privilege, creativity and ambition, male-female relationships and lockdowns Covid-driven and emotional, Cusk is brutally funny and honest about shame, ego and our sense of self. This book is set in rural Toronto in 1972, and the landscape and weather affect the mood of the story. So ordinary that it’s easy to overlook, the magic of turning words into clauses, sentences, paragraphs and entire books ought to be celebrated. It has the same kind of feel good message as The Midnight Library, but the plot is probably a bit darker in places.

Eloquent and thoughtful…Not only has Lawson fulfilled the promise of her first novel, she has surpassed it in a layered, complex story about emotional power shifts. At night she messes up a new set of Rose's clothes on her bedroom floor, and each day keeps vigil by the window, convinced that: "If she failed to keep watch for her, Rose might not come home. I also enjoyed the social historian Patrick Joyce’s Going to My Father’s House (Verso), a haunting meditation on Ireland and England, war and migration, Derry and Manchester. This deftly-structured novel draws together the stories of three people at three different stages in life, each of whom is grappling with loss.Orchard has long ago heartaches that will never wane but she also has her late husband with her in spirit. The rigorous questioning of nation and identity, given my incessant preoccupations, made it a truly therapeutic literary meal. He’s desperate to be left alone but the locals are having none of it, leading to some amusing scenes detailing their meddlesome home invasions. Perhaps the most singular book on the list is Rachel Cusk’s Second Place, which takes its inspiration from a historical source – a memoir detailing a woman’s painful encounter with DH Lawrence – to create a psychodrama that is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. The house looks out on to another house, lived in by a family currently undergoing a terrible trauma.

Dana Spiotta’s novel Wayward (Virago) is razor-sharp on any number of things, above all the insoluble ravages of time. It also manages to be a page turner as the reader races to find the connection between Mrs Orchard and Liam. He's never quite been able to connect with people: "It was as if there were a river, not wide but dark and deep, between himself and others, and he'd never figured out how to cross it. Her characters are so clearly and beautifully written, shaped by circumstances of their family situation, ones they don’t always have control over .Notable by its absence, however, is the year’s most anticipated novel: Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You, which is heavily embargoed until its September publication date but continues her exploration of modern love and purpose. Geographical range’ … 2021 Booker prize longlistees (from left clockwise: Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Cusk, Richard Powers, Patricia Lockwood, Sunjeev Sahota and Nadifa Mohamed.

I thought this was brilliant, I went in thinking it was going to be Anne Tylerish, kind of domestic fiction and discovered something way more complex and understated. Anyone who has ever longed for parenthood will relate to her despair and her willingness to find someone who might soak up all the love that she has to give. Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a small farming community in southwestern Ontario and moved to England after graduating from McGill University with a degree in psychology. In the midst of his own mid-life crisis, this unexpected event had given him a welcome distraction, however he had planned to stay 2 weeks and leave. Orchard, in her late seventies, who thought she was going for a brief stay in the hospital but was mistaken.The books world has long complained about the Booker’s decision to open its doors to American authors.

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