The debut from the bestselling author of City on Fire, now published in the UK for the first time - a dazzlingly original illustrated novella about the lives of two seemingly ordinary families
Garth Risk Hallberg's first novel, City on Fire, was an international bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent, and Vogue, among others. His illustrated novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family was nominated for a Believer Book Award and his short fiction and essays have been published in the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a Granta Best Young American Novelist. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children and is at work on a new novel.
This is a bit of a hidden gem, which reminded me of Leanne
Shapton's. -- Sarra Manning * Red Online *
Evocative of masters of American suburbia such as Updike, Cheever, Salter and Richard Yates... Conjuring a dreamily filmic spell, with shades of American Beauty and The Ice Storm, this is a work that can be approached (and rediscovered) a number of ways, all equally rewarding. It's an ideal coffee table or bedside companion, to be dipped into for flashes of pleasure. -- Alasdair Lees * Independent *
A work of genuine brilliance, with Hallberg's relentless gifts gleaming off every page. -- Alasdair Lees * Belfast Morning Telegraph *