Set in a working class suburb of Seattle, Matthew McIntosh's devastatingly beautiful first novel, Well, charts the lives of a vast cast of characters grappling with dark compulsions and heartrending afflictions.
These are trapped people searching for escape or comfort in sex, drugs and violence, visions of apocalypse and creation, angels and killers.
A brilliant meditation on the strength we have to recover from our failures, Well demonstrates McIntosh's unflinching vision and capacity for compassion. Wrought with emotion and sensitivity, Well is one of the most significant and daring debuts in American fiction for some time.
About the Author
Matthew McIntosh has been published in Ploughshares, Puerto del Sol and Playboy. He is twenty-six years old and is a graduate of the Iowa writers program.
"'The humanity of the people sings off the page... A book that still resonates in my heart.' Hubert Selby Jr; 'The real thing... an astonishingly sharp and satisfying debut.' Washington Post 'A warm portrayal of grey lives, akin to an American James Kelman or a literary Ken Loach.' Arena"
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 6th January 2005
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.900
Weight (kg): 0.21