James Kelman - Mo Said She Was Quirky
Released: 02/08/2012 Hamish HamiltonHaving published various short story collections including If It Is Your Life (2010), James Kelman applies a similar snippet approach to this novel about ordinary single mother, Helen. Chronicling an enthralling twenty-four hours of her life, the Scottish laureate once again exhibits his talent for realism and women’s stories. For more information visit: http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780241144565,00.html# Buy: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/james+kelman/mo+said+she+was+quirk…
Financial Times“True to its modernist form...” The story’s movement towards epiphany is both affecting and a confirmation of the author’s skilled accumulation of detail...
Guardian“Curious and curiously compelling...” What works best in this peculiar but powerful book is its more fabular moments; that tiny bedroom-in-a-cupboard, for example, or the image of a woman peering through the windscreen at the figure of a man she thinks she once knew...
Book Bag“His approach is tender, yet gritty and often gently amusing...” The feeling of the book can be a little claustrophobic - being locked inside Helen's head is a very busy place to be - but overall it works very well...
The Independent“Creates a hard-pressed heroine for our age...” The sort of threadbare life lived by Helen is so rarely given any unsentimental coverage in fiction that [...] Kelman might just have written his most important novel yet...
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