A portrait of the chaotic and seamy underside of San Francisco's Mission district in which the narrator Jesse 'dabbles in perversity' with frightening abandon. The writing is exquisitely real, exhilarating while the book explores themes of self-annihilation, sex as a substitute for love, violence and power and how the main character, drawn to people who screw her over, finds self sabotage a transgressive act. Not for the faint-hearted.
Now in paperback!
A slim but extraordinarily powerful exploration of race, gender, faith, and medicine in post-apartheid South Africa, the pages of Matlwa's third novel are alive with a rare sort of intimacy. By turns gut-wrenchingly raw and politically nuanced, this one caught me completely off-guard and I'm now very eager to catch up with her earlier work.
Published by Sceptre on 18th April 2018
We're thrilled to welcome Jessie Greengrass to the shop where she'll be reading from her debut novel, Sight, before chatting with Sarah Shaffi.
Sight is a self-aware and reflective novel about a young woman who loses her mother and struggles with concurrent emotions of desire and fear at the prospect of having her own child. Woven between these personal recollections are insights into Freud’s development of psychoanalysis and the relationship he had with his daughter, Anna, as well as the medical advancement on the anatomy of pregnant bodies and the discovery of X-rays. In this way, Sight explores a discord in the way we feel within ourselves and the way we are viewed subjectively. It is fiercely intelligent, beautifully written and very moving.
Jessie’s first book, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It was a book of the year in the Telegraph and The Economist, won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award, and was shortlisted for the PFD/Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.
Jessie Greengrass was born in 1982. She studied philosophy in Cambridge and London, where she now lives with her partner and child. Sight is Jessie’s first novel.
Sarah Shaffi is a freelance journalist and editor at Little Tiger, book reviewer for Stylist Magazine, and co-founder of BAME in Publishing. She has chaired events at the Southbank Centre, Cheltenham Literary Festival, and others.