For fans of A LITTLE LIFE and J.M. Coetzee, a devastatingly powerful novel about coming to terms with your past, from Orange-longlisted and Not the Booker-shortlisted Melanie Finn.
Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya. She has worked as a screenwriter and a journalist, and is the founder and co-director of the Natron Healthcare Project, which helps rural Masai communities. Her first novel, AWAY FROM YOU, was published to great critical acclaim in 2004, and was longlisted for the Orange and IMPAC Prizes. Her second novel, SHAME, has been shortlisted for the GUARDIAN'S NOT THE BOOKER Prize.
Intense, impressive... Told with force, and bracing directness... It's a book that smashes into you. - GuardianArresting - Finn conjures up Africa perfectly.A brilliantly written account of a soul in torment and the way she is pursued by her own fate. Finn evokes the darkness and light of Africa with the same sureness that she calls forth the brightness and shadow of the human heart.I rarely get as invested in the outcome of a novel as I did reading Shame . . . These characters could be usSo powerful, brutal and haunting. There are scenes that will just stay in the memory, the birth scene in particular was just incredible. Absolutely brilliant'Shame, a second novel by Melanie Finn, deserved more recognition than it received. Her Africa is one I recognise, neither sentimental nor sensationalised. Finn has a light, deft touch as a writer, but the images she conjures up are so subversively creepy they haunt you for days' - Spectator Best Books of the Year