Stuart Evers - If This Is Home
Released: 05/07/2012 PicadorEvers won The London Book Award with his 2011 collection Ten Stories About Smoking, over which the influence of Raymond Carver cast a pleasing shadow. Absorbing understatement should be on the cards then, for Evers' mysterious debut novel, concerning British expatriate Mark Wilkinson – man of many pseudonyms – whose past shockingly catches up with him one night in Vegas. For more information visit: http://www.picador.com/Books/If-This-Is-Home- Buy: http://www.foyles.co.uk/item/Fiction-Poetry/If-This-Is-Home,Stuart-Evers-978144721740… Watch:
The Independent“Deliciously addictive stuff...” Evers portrays those on the margins of society with sensitivity; the tale of the two motherless teenagers Mark and Bethany...is poignant and compelling even without the tragedy that we know awaits...
Guardian“It's a wonderful story...” Though the concept of a mysterious casino feels credible within the context of a short story, as the basis for a novel it feels somewhat overstretched...
The Observer“A quiet triumph...” Stuart Evers's excellent, multilayered debut novel explores his characters' desperate need to flee a well-drawn northern town. it's to Evers's great credit that If This is Home is so readable...
The Telegraph“Doesn't match the brilliance of his short stories...” Again and again in his short stories Evers displays his Matisse-like economy when it comes to sketching characters. The novel, however, requires more than this, more nuance, more shading...
The Scotsman“So well-written and so well-constructed...” This first novel is a fine achievement, something to savour. When I had finished it, I went back and read it again, and it seemed even better second time round...
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