A gorgeously written contemporary thriller for Ian McEwan fans about responsibility and redemption
The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner - thinking the Nelsons' house was empty - stepped through their back door. After the sudden loss of his wife, Michael Turner moves to London and quickly develops a close friendship with the Nelson family next door. Josh, Samantha and their two young daughters seem to represent everything Michael fears he may now never have: intimacy, children, stability and a family home. Despite this, the new friendship at first seems to offer the prospect of healing, but then a catastrophic event changes everything. Michael is left bearing a burden of grief and a secret he must keep, but the truth can only be kept at bay for so long.
Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, I Saw a Man is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. Owen Sheers takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.
About the Author
Owen Sheers has written two collections of poetry, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill. His non-fiction includes The Dust Diaries and Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby. His novel Resistance has been translated into ten languages and was made into a film in 2011. His plays include The Passion and The Two Worlds of Charlie F. He has been a NYPL Cullman Fellow, Writer in Residence for the Wordsworth Trust and Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union.
'A rare and luscious treat for the reader.' The Times
'Taut as a thriller, but resonant with motifs of intimacy and distance, guilt and redemption.' Guardian
'The suspense is almost physically frustrating... a prodigiously talented writer.' New York Times
'An exemplary thriller, clever, classy, slick - and always one step ahead of the reader.' Sunday Times
'Extraordinary tense and powerful, and beautifully written.' Mail on Sunday
'The big reveal in the London house promised by the novel's opening lines is a genuinely gripping piece of storytelling.' Financial Times
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 27th April 2016
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.4 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.25