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If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is a haunting story of the events that transpire over a single day at the end of summer on a small urban street in England. Risky in conception and "daringly un-ironic" for our times, this is a prose poem of a novel — intense and highly evocative — with a whodunit at its center, which keeps the reader in suspense until the final page.

In delicate, intricately observed close-up, we are invited into the private lives of the street's residents to witness their hopes, fears, and unspoken despairs: the man with scarred hands who tried in vain to save his wife from a burning house, a group of young club-goers just home from an all-night rave, the nervous young man at number 18 who collects weird junk and is haunted by the specter of unrequited love.

The peace and tranquility of the unexceptional day are shattered at day's end when the street becomes the scene of a terrible accident. This tragedy and an utterly surprising twist provide the momentum for the book. But it is the author's exquisite rendition of the ordinary, the everyday, that gives this novel its original freshness, its sense of beauty, wonder, and hope.

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"[McGregor's] sharp eye and broad sympathies show a true novelistic sensibility and a sizable talent." Kirkus Reviews

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"A wonderful evocation of the beauty and horror of the literally everyday." Booklist (Starred Review)

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"This is fast fiction, as fast as the mind works...it's what James Joyce and Virginia Woolf worked to achieve." Los Angeles Times

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"Nameless though they may be, McGregor's characters become momentarily vivid through his keen sense of detail and lyrical writing style." San Francisco Chronicle

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McGregor pens a haunting story of the events that transpire over a single dayat the end of summer on a small urban street in England.

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Risky in conception, hip and yet soulful, this is a prose poem of a novel — intense, lyrical, and highly evocative — with a mystery at its center, which keeps the reader in suspense until the final page. In a tour de force that could be described as Altmanesque, we are invited into the private lives of the residents of a quiet urban street in England over the course of a single day. In delicate, intricately observed closeup, we witness the hopes, fears, and unspoken despairs of a diverse community: the man with painfully scarred hands who tried in vain to save his wife from a burning house and who must now care for his young daughter alone; a group of young clubgoers just home from an all-night rave, sweetly high and mulling over vague dreams; the nervous young man at number 18 who collects weird urban junk and is haunted by the specter of unrequited love. The tranquillity of the street is shattered at day's end when a terrible accident occurs. This tragedy and an utterly surprising twist provide the momentum for the book. But it is the author's exquisite rendering of the ordinary, the everyday, that gives this novel its freshness, its sense of beauty, wonder, and hope. Rarely does a writer appear with so much music and poetry — so much vision — that he can make the world seem new.

About the Author

Jon McGregor is twenty-six years old and lives with his wife in Nottingham. His fiction has been published in Granta. This is his first novel.

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Kimberly4562, July 10, 2009 (view all comments by Kimberly4562)
I love this book so far, I am almost done!! I cannot put it down, unless I am at work(:

It is amazing with all of the details, the perfect book for me. I always over analyze everything and wonder out of the box, and this completely satisfies that(:
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618344581
Author:
Mcgregor, Jon
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
McGregor, Jon
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Life change events
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 03-05
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.40x5.50x.69 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 288 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618344581 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[McGregor's] sharp eye and broad sympathies show a true novelistic sensibility and a sizable talent."
"Review" by , "A wonderful evocation of the beauty and horror of the literally everyday."
"Review" by , "This is fast fiction, as fast as the mind works...it's what James Joyce and Virginia Woolf worked to achieve."
"Review" by , "Nameless though they may be, McGregor's characters become momentarily vivid through his keen sense of detail and lyrical writing style."
"Synopsis" by , McGregor pens a haunting story of the events that transpire over a single dayat the end of summer on a small urban street in England.
"Synopsis" by ,
Risky in conception, hip and yet soulful, this is a prose poem of a novel — intense, lyrical, and highly evocative — with a mystery at its center, which keeps the reader in suspense until the final page. In a tour de force that could be described as Altmanesque, we are invited into the private lives of the residents of a quiet urban street in England over the course of a single day. In delicate, intricately observed closeup, we witness the hopes, fears, and unspoken despairs of a diverse community: the man with painfully scarred hands who tried in vain to save his wife from a burning house and who must now care for his young daughter alone; a group of young clubgoers just home from an all-night rave, sweetly high and mulling over vague dreams; the nervous young man at number 18 who collects weird urban junk and is haunted by the specter of unrequited love. The tranquillity of the street is shattered at day's end when a terrible accident occurs. This tragedy and an utterly surprising twist provide the momentum for the book. But it is the author's exquisite rendering of the ordinary, the everyday, that gives this novel its freshness, its sense of beauty, wonder, and hope. Rarely does a writer appear with so much music and poetry — so much vision — that he can make the world seem new.
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