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Publisher Comments:

What does it really mean to love another person? The question hovers like a persistent wisp of fog over the story of Martin Sloane, an Irish-born artist who creates intricate, object-filled boxes, and Jolene Iolas, the young American woman who finds herself drawn first to Martin Sloane's art and then to the man himself. The story of their relationship across two decades, and of Jolene's search for Martin Sloane when one day he disappears from their home without warning or explanation, is told in a novel that brilliantly and movingly explores the vagaries of love and friendship, the burdens of personal history, and the enigmatic power of art.

Review:

"Achingly sweet in its execution, the novel explores what it means to love....Redhill's book reminds us that love can be half imaginary....A memorable and satisfying read, Redhill's book leaves the reader with a child's sense of nostalgia and a sympathy for the impasses of adulthood." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"It is accomplished, considered, polished — a novel of depth and many aspects. Martin Sloane makes you realize just how thin and fleeting most of what passes for good fiction is." Noah Richler, National Post

Review:

"The whole, albeit impressively written, ultimately doesn't sustain itself, and when, a third of the way in, Martin disappears, the novel has a difficult time recovering....[A] failed effort that says everything quite well but may not interest many." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] remarkable first novel — [Redhill's] powerful language and mastery of character are thrilling, and the plot, though it sometimes threatens to, never becomes cliche or predictable. A fantastic exploration into the guises and complexities of art, love, and memory." Michael Spinella, Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Redhill is a very good writer, with a wide-ranging mind and an elegant turn of phrase. He has a keen eye for physical and emotional detail, and he?s housed his mystery in an engaging narrative structure." Bill Richardson, Quill & Quire

Review:

"A deeply moving first novel that reveals human truths with grace and humor. It is a book of constant surprises." Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost

Review:

"The prose is balanced and graceful. In a book about the creation and appreciation of simple, idiosyncratic and fragile art, the reader expects no less....A love for words and an editorial eye make for a story with all the riddles and unspoken intensity of a carefully designed poem. Or a wooden box with a doll inside....Martin Sloane is delicate and artful. Handle with care." Todd Babiak, Edmonton Journal

Review:

"[E]ntrancing...a novel of simultaneities, advances and flashbacks....[A]n extraordinarily strange and affecting conclusion..." New York Times

Review:

"It keeps changing, like something alive. About the novel, like the boxes and love, it matters less what you think than how it makes you feel. So I'll tell you that reading Martin Sloane made me feel melancholic, hopeful, amused, energized, enlightened, unnerved, touched and finally grateful that occasionally a writer comes along who gets real life just right." Bliss Broyard, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] book of high polish...aptly recreates the way romantic passion can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to relinquish..." Time Out New York

Review:

"[O]ften unobtrusive and deceptively simple...triggers in the reader a series of resonating images and emotions..." Book

Review:

"[A] work of fiction in which thoughts speak more loudly than words..." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

Review:

"This is the talent of the artist, to make us see what exists around the obvious. Escher did it with ink; Michael Redhill, Toronto writer, does too, in his way...[a] careful, accomplished novel." Georgia Straight

Review:

"[A] precision of emotions, life in miniature with all its details and complexity....[A] stunning debut, life-size and moving." Mary Morris, author of The Night Sky and Acts of God

Review:

"Michael Redhill has created a thoughtful, quietly engrossing novel whose truths are all the more powerful for the delicacy with which they are revealed." Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season

Review:

"Michael Redhill is a writer of considerable humanity and insight. His first novel is a highly crafted and subtly disturbing delight." A. L. Kennedy, author of Original Bliss and Everything You Need

Review:

"Martin Sloane is such a good novel it is hard to believe it is Michael Redhill's first. Lyrical, funny, moving, and writerly in the most engaging way, it deserves a wide readership." Wayne Johnston, author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Synopsis:

The story of a relationship across two decades, of Jolene's search for Martin Sloane when one day he disappears from their home without warning or explanation, is told in a novel that brilliantly and movingly explores the vagaries of love and friendship, the burdens of personal history, and the enigmatic power of art.

About the Author

Michael Redhill is the managing editor of the Literary Journal Brick. He has worked as a cultural critic, essayist, editor, ghostwriter, screenwriter, and, in leaner times, waiter, housepainter, and bookseller. Martin Sloane is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316739368
Author:
Redhill, Michael
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Dublin (ireland)
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Toronto
Subject:
Dublin
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Artists; Artistic expression; Nature of love; Man-woman relationships; Mysterious disappearances
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.22x5.54x.76 in. .66 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316739368 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Achingly sweet in its execution, the novel explores what it means to love....Redhill's book reminds us that love can be half imaginary....A memorable and satisfying read, Redhill's book leaves the reader with a child's sense of nostalgia and a sympathy for the impasses of adulthood."
"Review" by , "It is accomplished, considered, polished — a novel of depth and many aspects. Martin Sloane makes you realize just how thin and fleeting most of what passes for good fiction is."
"Review" by , "The whole, albeit impressively written, ultimately doesn't sustain itself, and when, a third of the way in, Martin disappears, the novel has a difficult time recovering....[A] failed effort that says everything quite well but may not interest many."
"Review" by , "[A] remarkable first novel — [Redhill's] powerful language and mastery of character are thrilling, and the plot, though it sometimes threatens to, never becomes cliche or predictable. A fantastic exploration into the guises and complexities of art, love, and memory."
"Review" by , "Redhill is a very good writer, with a wide-ranging mind and an elegant turn of phrase. He has a keen eye for physical and emotional detail, and he?s housed his mystery in an engaging narrative structure."
"Review" by , "A deeply moving first novel that reveals human truths with grace and humor. It is a book of constant surprises."
"Review" by , "The prose is balanced and graceful. In a book about the creation and appreciation of simple, idiosyncratic and fragile art, the reader expects no less....A love for words and an editorial eye make for a story with all the riddles and unspoken intensity of a carefully designed poem. Or a wooden box with a doll inside....Martin Sloane is delicate and artful. Handle with care."
"Review" by , "[E]ntrancing...a novel of simultaneities, advances and flashbacks....[A]n extraordinarily strange and affecting conclusion..."
"Review" by , "It keeps changing, like something alive. About the novel, like the boxes and love, it matters less what you think than how it makes you feel. So I'll tell you that reading Martin Sloane made me feel melancholic, hopeful, amused, energized, enlightened, unnerved, touched and finally grateful that occasionally a writer comes along who gets real life just right."
"Review" by , "[A] book of high polish...aptly recreates the way romantic passion can be difficult, sometimes impossible, to relinquish..."
"Review" by , "[O]ften unobtrusive and deceptively simple...triggers in the reader a series of resonating images and emotions..."
"Review" by , "[A] work of fiction in which thoughts speak more loudly than words..."
"Review" by , "This is the talent of the artist, to make us see what exists around the obvious. Escher did it with ink; Michael Redhill, Toronto writer, does too, in his way...[a] careful, accomplished novel."
"Review" by , "[A] precision of emotions, life in miniature with all its details and complexity....[A] stunning debut, life-size and moving."
"Review" by , "Michael Redhill has created a thoughtful, quietly engrossing novel whose truths are all the more powerful for the delicacy with which they are revealed."
"Review" by , "Michael Redhill is a writer of considerable humanity and insight. His first novel is a highly crafted and subtly disturbing delight."
"Review" by , "Martin Sloane is such a good novel it is hard to believe it is Michael Redhill's first. Lyrical, funny, moving, and writerly in the most engaging way, it deserves a wide readership."
"Synopsis" by , The story of a relationship across two decades, of Jolene's search for Martin Sloane when one day he disappears from their home without warning or explanation, is told in a novel that brilliantly and movingly explores the vagaries of love and friendship, the burdens of personal history, and the enigmatic power of art.
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