We love this sparsely elegant, intimate poem-like novel about new motherhood in an imagined dystopian future where London is submerged by flood waters and we are all refugees. Quiet yet powerful. (also with stunning cover design!)
This beautifully written and subtly poetic novel spans 1960s New York and present day Berlin. Buchanan writes about the outsider experience, the meaning of family and the inheritance of pain. Treading the fine line between attachment and abandonment, the main character Yuki grapples with the notion of home and the impossibility of belonging as she makes a life for herself with not much tethering her to anywhere.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on August 11th, 2016
Don't be fooled by the title; this is a compelling, brutal account of the battleground of a long term relationship between a thirty something woman and an older man. Riley is astute in her rendering of psychological interaction, repeated dysfunction and subtle bullying and the overall effect of her prose is strangely detached, sometimes funny and always enthralling. Highly recommended.
Published by Granta Books on February 2nd 2017