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Cleanness

by Garth Greenwell

Hardback (unsigned) £14.99
Published 30th April 2020, 240 pages
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Cleanness revisits and expands the world of Garth Greenwell’s beloved debut, What Belongs to You , declared ‘an instant classic’ by the New York Times Book Review . In exacting, elegant prose, Greenwell transcribes the strange dialects of desire, cementing his stature as one of our most vital living writers.

‘This is an exceptional work of fiction, which places Greenwell among the very best contemporary novelists.’ - Independent

Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song.

In this atmosphere of disquiet, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he’s come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student’s confession recalls his own first love, a stranger’s seduction devolves into paternal sadism, and a romance with a younger man opens, and heals, old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves.

Chosen as a book of the year in the New Yorker , Daily Telegraph , Observer and Irish Times .

Details

Cleanness
by Garth Greenwell

ISBN
9781509874637

Publisher
Pan Macmillan

Binding
Hardback

Publication date
April 30, 2020

Dimensions
21.6cm x 13.5cm x 2.3cm

Page count
240 pages