A Shock

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.43 X 8.02 X 0.71 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author
Keith Ridgway is a Dubliner and the author of the award-winning novels The Long Falling, The Parts, and Animals, as well as the collection of stories Standard Time and novella Horses.
Idiosyncratic and fascinating.--Zadie Smith
A hundred times worth reading.--Penelope Fitzgerald
Vibrant, wonderfully written, funny, and deeply troubled. The writing is effortlessly lyrical, venturing into extraordinary, at times beautiful interludes of philosophical observation. Read Hawthorn & Child. Better still read it twice: it's that real, that good, that true.--Eileen Battersby "The Irish Times"
Brilliantly weird. The novel that has impressed, mesmerized and bamboozled me most this past year is Hawthorn & Child.--Ian Rankin
Once this novel clicks into place, its blend of the heady and the visceral is immersive and compelling.-- "Kirkus"
Sex, lies, and drugs shape the interlocking and recursive narratives in Irish writer Ridgway's marvelous latest, revolving around a set of neighboring London houses. This one sets the reader's mind ablaze.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Keith Ridgway's A Shock cleanses the word 'masterpiece' of its current debased meaning of whatever sells in large quantities and returns it to its original sense. A novel about connections missed and made, about things that bring us together and keep us separate, about walls (sometimes literal) and breaches (sometimes literal) in them, about what is porous and what is impermeable, A Shock is formally dazzling, stylistically plural and impeccable, and pulsating with meaning. In an overcrowded field that often feels like looking into a full box of matches, it's like opening one such and discovering a diamond inside. Make no mistake, Ridgway's the Real Thing.--Neel Mukherjee