Ok, Mr. Field

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Tim Duggan Books
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4.4 X 1.0 X 7.4 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Katharine Kilalea grew up in South Africa and moved to London for an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has published a poetry collection, One Eye'd Leigh, which was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. She lives in London.


Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly and Lit Hub

"Dazzling. . . . Luminous. . . . As with much of Beckett's writing, OK, Mr. Field is often bleakly comic. But at moments it is also tender (without being sentimental), depicting the strange dream-like inner life of someone who is terribly lonely. . . . OK, Mr. Field introduces a striking new voice in fiction." --The Economist

"Strikingly original." --The Guardian

"A startlingly good first novel. . . . as uncanny as Kafka or Beckett." --The Spectator

"Enthralling. . . .Kilalea's impressionistic prose invites comparison to the attentive introspection of Woolf, the existential erosion of Beckett and the reveries of Proust. . . .This is an unforgettable voyage, slip sliding away into the unknown and unknowable." --Seattle Times

"Enigmatic, often dream-like and brilliantly funny." --The Irish Times

"Kilalea's striking, singular debut. . . . is a disorienting and enthralling descent into one man's particular malaise." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A bewitching debut novel . . . with prose of this quality it is hard to protest, and Mr Field is in any case good company--irascible and weird, but endearing in his attempts to duck the loneliness waiting for him at every turn." --The Sunday Times

"A quietly discomfiting novel of crisis. . . . The novel's pristine sentences are clean cuts that reveal the roiling turmoil concealed by outward order." --Lit Hub

"In a spare and inventive first novel, poet Katharine Kilalea breathes life into a lonely, flummoxed man in search of a metaphysical place to hang his hat." --Shelf Awareness

"One of the most original, beautifully written and convincing works of fiction I have read in a long time, with a narrative that is mysterious yet compulsive. Utterly marvelous." --George Szirtes, author of Bad Machine

"Kilalea writes with virtuosic control. . . . She chooses her images carefully and deploys them with precision." --The Times Literary Supplement

"OK, Mr. Field is a novel brave in its own intelligence and subtlety. The writing is quietly beautiful and the narrator's voice strange and compelling." --Sarah Moss, author of The Tidal Zone

"Katharine Kilalea is to literature what ceramic knives are to cookery. This is a whole new type of writing and it will cut through everything." --Emily Berry, author of Stranger, Baby

"OK, Mr. Field is a beautiful novel--deeply felt, inventive, and inspiring in its form, insights, and originality." --Yasmine El Rashidi, author of Chronicle of a Last Summer