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About the Author
Season Butler is a writer and artist born in Washington, DC. Season also works as a dramaturg, and as a lecturer in Performance Studies and Creative Writing. An early draft of Cygnet won second place in the 2014 SI Leeds Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women. She lives and works between London and Berlin.
"Cygnet is a beautiful book, a meander through the fluid anxiety of youth, an observation of fixed imperfections of age, and a longing search for compassion on the journey between."
--Uzodinma Iweala, author of Speak No Evil and Beasts of No Nation
"A powerful, poignant, smart debut.... The prose style ranges widely from this (realistic) awkwardness [of a teenager] to inspired lyricism."--Shelf Awareness
"An original novel with a memorable narrator."--Elle, UK
"Butler's writing is sensitive and sharp.... A unique debut from a promising writer."--Kirkus
"[A] beautifully off-kilter debut.... Through excellent writing, Butler has created a wonderfully bizarre... novel filled with quirky characters and a heroine to root for. Readers will want to keep their eyes on Butler."--Booklist
"[A] vivid, poetic debut."--Daily Mail, UK
“Terribly moving. A clear-sighted, poignant rumination on loneliness, love, the melancholy of age and of youth--and, in its quiet way, the end of the world.”--China Miéville, author of Perdido Street Station
“[A] potent debut.... A strange, promising beginning.”--Guardian, UK
“Butler has created an appealingly rich world with quirky, flawed characters and a dramatic landscape determined by the constant action of wind and water. Butler delivers a potent and finely calibrated novel.”--Publishers Weekly
“Not since Holden Caulfield have I been so captivated by a first-person voice as the one Season Butler creates in Cygnet... this sad, funny, highly original novel keeps us turning the pages.”--Blake Morrison, author of And When Did You Last See Your Father?
“Season Butler is an extraordinary writer. In this wonderful novel the narrative voice is rhythmic and compelling, telling a coming of age story which resonates with our times. Like Colson Whitehead, her work is fearless in its inventiveness.”--Julia Bell, author of Massive
"Season Butler has written an imaginative, atmospheric and original novel that lingers in the memory long after reading. She is a bright new voice in literature."--Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other
"The narrator['s] wise reflections on age, race, class and global warming belie her tender youth."--New Internationalist, UK
"As sixteen-year old environmental activist Greta Thunberg has shown us, teenagers are the ideal candidates for raising consciousness about our planetary plight. Kid's ardent voice powers Cygnet. Her expression of the loneliness, boredom and rage she feels at her circumstances is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield . . . the characters have real emotional depth . . . Cygnet is both very funny and convincingly tragic, its young narrator memorably charismatic and self-aware."--Literary Review, UK
"An uncanny meditation on mortality and intergenerational distrust."--Metro, UK