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< P> As winner of the highly prestigious IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, < I> Wide Open< /I> beat out books by such masters as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Michael Cunningham. It is truly extraordinary work of fiction, taking readers into a small English seaside town, and into the minds and hearts of its remarkable inhabitants --  a man named Ronny, weed killer by trade, who has some strange things in common with a man he finds dangling from a bridge; Nathan, the son of a pedophile, who toils in the Underground's Lost Property department, endlessly logging missing items; Sara, purveyor of her family boar farm, and Lily, her teenage daughter, tragically born with unformed organs and blood that refuses to clot.  Starkly original and at turns hilarious, sad, and hopeful, < I> Wide Open< /I> brilliantly displays Nicola Barker's delightfully singular literary talent.< /p>

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"This book has the rare power to cause you to exclaim out loud with bemusement, amazement, horror, humour and despair - and sometimes all at the same time" Irish Independent

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"The brilliance of Barker's style is beyond question?Wide Open is unmistakably a important novel by an important novelist, stricken, troubling and grand" The Spectator

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"Wide Open establishes Nicola Barker as one of the most interesting writers in Britain, at once funny and moving, irreverent and profound." Independent on Sunday

Review:

"Wide Open is so outrageously well-written that the whole damaged cast of oddballs becomes one's intimates for the duration? This is a stunningly original novel by the most unexpected talent around?Buy immediately." Time Out

Synopsis:

Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2000, this brilliant and wildly imaginative novel centers on a motley crew of oddballs and misfits who come together on the Isle of Sheppey, each rife with secrets and madness simmering beneath the surface of normality.

Synopsis:

As winner of the highly prestigious IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, Wide Open beat out books by such masters as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Michael Cunningham. It is truly extraordinary work of fiction, taking readers into a small English seaside town, and into the minds and hearts of its remarkable inhabitants — a man named Ronny, weed killer by trade, who has some strange things in common with a man he finds dangling from a bridge; Nathan, the son of a pedophile, who toils in the Underground's Lost Property department, endlessly logging missing items; Sara, purveyor of her family boar farm, and Lily, her teenage daughter, tragically born with unformed organs and blood that refuses to clot. Starkly original and at turns hilarious, sad, and hopeful, Wide Open brilliantly displays Nicola Barker's delightfully singular literary talent.

About the Author

Nicola Barker is one of Britain's most original and exciting literary talents. She is the author of two short-story collections: Love Your Enemies [winner of the David Higham Prize and the Macmillan Silver Pen Award] and Heading Inland [winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize]. Her previous novels are Reversed Forecast, Small Holdings, Wide Open Behindlings and Clear, the last of which was long-listed for the 2005 Booker Prize. Her work is translated into twenty languages, and in 2000, she won the IMPAC Award for Wide Open. In 2003, Nicola Barker was named a Granta Best of British Novelist. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060933753
Author:
Barker, Nicola
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
by Nicola Barker
Location:
Hopewell, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Eccentrics and eccentricities
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
no. 67
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.96x5.25x.72 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Ecco - English 9780060933753 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This book has the rare power to cause you to exclaim out loud with bemusement, amazement, horror, humour and despair - and sometimes all at the same time"
"Review" by , "The brilliance of Barker's style is beyond question?Wide Open is unmistakably a important novel by an important novelist, stricken, troubling and grand"
"Review" by , "Wide Open establishes Nicola Barker as one of the most interesting writers in Britain, at once funny and moving, irreverent and profound."
"Review" by , "Wide Open is so outrageously well-written that the whole damaged cast of oddballs becomes one's intimates for the duration? This is a stunningly original novel by the most unexpected talent around?Buy immediately."
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2000, this brilliant and wildly imaginative novel centers on a motley crew of oddballs and misfits who come together on the Isle of Sheppey, each rife with secrets and madness simmering beneath the surface of normality.

"Synopsis" by , As winner of the highly prestigious IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, Wide Open beat out books by such masters as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Michael Cunningham. It is truly extraordinary work of fiction, taking readers into a small English seaside town, and into the minds and hearts of its remarkable inhabitants — a man named Ronny, weed killer by trade, who has some strange things in common with a man he finds dangling from a bridge; Nathan, the son of a pedophile, who toils in the Underground's Lost Property department, endlessly logging missing items; Sara, purveyor of her family boar farm, and Lily, her teenage daughter, tragically born with unformed organs and blood that refuses to clot. Starkly original and at turns hilarious, sad, and hopeful, Wide Open brilliantly displays Nicola Barker's delightfully singular literary talent.
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