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Close to Home

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Description for Close to Home Hardback. Kennys Limited Edition. Signed and numbered by the author. Includes extra content in the form of an exclusive interview with the author. Luminous and devastating, a portrait of modern masculinity as shaped by class, by trauma, and by silence, but also by the courage to love and to survive. Sean's brother Anthony is a hard man. When they were kids their ma did her best to keep him out of trouble but you can't say anything to Anto. Sean was supposed to be different. He was supposed to leave and never come back. But Sean does come back. Arriving home after university, he finds Anthony's drinking is worse than ever. Meanwhile the jobs in Belfast have vanished, Sean's degree isn't worth the paper it's written on and no one will give him the time of day. One night he loses control and assaults a stranger at a party, and everything is tipped into chaos. Close to Home witnesses the aftermath of that night, as Sean attempts to make sense of who he has become, and to reckon with the relationships that have shaped him, for better and worse. Drawing from his own experiences, Michael Magee examines the forces which keep young working class men in harm's way, in a debut novel which shines with intelligence and humanity on every page. Close to Home is an extraordinary work of fiction about deciding what kind of a man you want to be and finding your place in the scarred city you call home.

WINNER OF THE ROONEY PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2023
WINNER OF THE NERO BOOK AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION 2023
WATERSTONES IRISH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES DEBUT FICTION PRIZE 2023
LONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2024
ONE OF SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S BEST BOOKS OF 2023
BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023 ACCORDING TO THE TIMES AND IRISH TIMES


Sean is back. Back in Belfast and back into old habits. Back on the mad all-nighters, the borrowed tenners and missing rent, the casual ... Read more

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Product Details

Format
Hardback
Publication date
2023
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Condition
New
Number of Pages
288
Place of Publication
London, United Kingdom
ISBN
9780241582978
SKU
S9780241582978
Shipping Time
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About Michael Magee
Michael Magee is the fiction editor of the Tangerine and a graduate of the creative writing PhD programme at Queen’s University, Belfast. His writing has appeared in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, The Lifeboat and The 32: The Anthology of Irish Working-Class Voices. Close to Home is his first novel. It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize 2023 ... Read more

Reviews for Close to Home
Exceptional . . . Every detail rings true, every character is fleshy and real and heartbreaking . . . Magee has a remarkable talent
Sunday Times (Laura Hackett)
Taut and impressive, unfaltering and deftly executed . . . [It] feels like that rarest of things: a genuinely necessary book
Guardian (Keiran Goddard)
An exceptional debut destined ... Read more

Goodreads reviews for Close to Home


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