“She was no use at maths homework, and some days you could starve rather than get a hot meal from her, but Shuggie looked at her now and understood this was where she excelled. Everyday with the make-up on and her hair done, she climbed out of her grave and held her head high. When she had disgraced herself with drink, she got up the next day, put on her best coat, and faced the world. When her belly was empty and her weans were hungry, she did her hair and let the world think otherwise.”
A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. It is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.
Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and on LitHub. Shuggie Bain is his first novel. https://www.douglasdstuart.com
My favourite author and wonderful human being. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program
Zero Bridge & The Hanging River is a story of a teenager who is smitten by a charming girl in her class. His repeated efforts to come close to her are so simple and adorable. They fill the heart of readers with warmth and affection.
As story progress, abrupt events of destiny adds new dimensions to his journey.
Reader’s get connected immediately with the protagonist. They will start breathing the life of the young teenager, and may often see a reflection of themselves in him.
It is an emotive roller coaster bumpy ride with romantic, dreamy, heartwarming and intense soul searching moments
Zero Bridge and the Jhelum river have been beautifully used as metaphors to give depth and meaning into the contemporary life of the characters.
It’s a true reflection of the fact that all of us are connected with our past traditions. We need to understand and recognise them to understand our present.
It’s heartening to see the protagonist finding the answers of his complex problems while getting connected with Zero Bridge and looking into the river Jhelum.
Author has been successful in talking the readers into an inward journey and ask questions. Some of them may get answerd and some may remain hung, to be answered by the destiny.
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The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. Worth £60,000 to the winner, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.
The ten authors under consideration for this 2015 prize are:
César Aira (Argentina)
Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)
Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
Mia Couto (Mozambique)
Amitav Ghosh (India)
Fanny Howe (United States of America)
Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya)
László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)
Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)
The finalists were announced at the University of Cape Town in South Africa by the chair of judges, Professor Marina Warner, who commented:
‘The judges have had an exhilarating experience reading for this prize; we have ranged across the world and entered the vision of writers who offer an extraordinary variety of experiences. Fiction can enlarge the world for us all and stretch our understanding and our sympathy. The novel today is in fine form: as a field of inquiry, a tribunal of history, a map of the heart, a probe of the psyche, a stimulus to thought, a well of pleasure and a laboratory of language. Truly, we feel closer to the tree of knowledge.’
Previous winners have been Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).
The 2015 winner will be announced in London on 19 May.