This is the story collection for readers who are sick of knowing exactly what is coming next. In the manner of Edward Carey and Jesse Ball, Davies establishes an immersive world and tours a reader through it until a devastating revelation is too late to avoid. To prevent exhaustion from the use of clouding the trajectory of the narrative, the collection includes flash-fiction pieces and alters what type of bleak landscape characters find themselves inhabiting. People in various forms of suffering are featured heavily throughout, and their actions and beliefs are ready to inspire readers to argue about their acceptability.— Todd Wellman
April 2017 Indie Next List
“This is the most beautiful collection of short stories I have read in a long time. Each story feels perfect. The writing, the topic, and the resolution all left me completely satisfied. Their connecting theme is solitude or isolation and the struggle to move through it. The collection reminds me of some of Kevin Brockmeier's writing: beautiful, sometimes disturbing, and always memorable.”
— Lisa Sharp (E), Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, AR
"A perfectly formed gem ..."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
From remote Australian settlements to the snows of Siberia, from Colorado to Cumbria, restless teenagers, middle-aged civil servants, and Quaker spinsters traverse expanses of solitude to reveal the secrets of the human heart.
Written with raw and rigorous prose, charged throughout by a prickly wit, the stories in The Redemption of Galen Pike remind us how little we know of the lives of others.
Carys Davies is currently a 2016-2017 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.
About the Author
Carys Davies is the author of two collections of short stories, The Redemption of Galen Pike and Some New Ambush. She is the winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, a Northern Writers' Award, and is currently a 2016-2017 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. Born in Wales, she usually lives in north-west England.