Synopses & Reviews
On the windswept front of Morecambe Bay, Cy Parks spends his childhood years first in a guest house for consumptives run by his mother and then as apprentice to alcoholic tattoo-artist Eliot Riley. Thirsty for new experiences, he departs for America and finds himself in the riotous world of the Coney Island boardwalk, where he sets up his own business as The Electric Michelangelo
. In this carnival environment of roller-coasters and freak-shows, Cy becomes enamoured with Grace, a mysterious immigrant and circus performer who commissions him to cover her entire body in tattooed eyes.
Hugely atmospheric, exotic and familiar, The Electric Michelangelo is a love story and an exquisitely rendered portrait of seaside resorts on opposite sides of the Atlantic by one of the most uniquely talented novelists of her generation.
"Confirms her status as one of the most significant and exciting of our yonger novelists...The Electric Michelangelo is a work of unusual imaginative power and range." Guardian
"The torrential Lawrentian flow of her prose offers many heady pleasures." The Times
"A vivid depiction of changing seaside culture on both sides of the Atlantic, and a smart study of a subtle but desreputable art." Independent
Beginning as a humble apprentice in Morecambe Bay, Cy flees to America, where he sets up his own tattoo business on the infamous Coney Island boardwalk. In this carnival environment of roller-coasters and freak shows, Cy becomes enamoured with Grace, a mysterious circus performer.
About the Author
Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974 and lived there until she left home at the age of 18 to study for a degree in English and Art History at Aberystwyth University.