The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (Paperback)

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About the Author


Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. In 2014, she published her first book of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.

Praise For…


“Both familiar and exotic, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne is...a moving and brilliant novel.”
— David Adams Richards, author of Mercy Among the Children

“Edugyan’s language is supple, wry and at turns sensuous. This intricately worked narrative heralds an excellent new voice”
— Chris Abani, author of GraceLand

“It’s hard to believe it’s a first novel...Competent storytelling abilities and deft use of language....A well written book.”
— Los Angeles Times

“A beautifully rendered and haunting look at personal longing and family obligations.”
— Booklist

“Simultaneously sweeping and intimate, brutal and tender, high-spirited and desolate.”
— Baltimore Sun

“In this brilliantly written debut novel, Edugyan flawlessly creates and maintains a pervasive sense of hope loneliness, foreboding and futility.”
— Black Issues Book Review

“Written with an assured hand, Edugyan’s graceful narrative belies the underlying menace that permeates her story.”
— The Seattle Skanner

“A provocative thriller.”
— Essence

“An elegant first novel.”
— Chicago Tribune

“Fine writing...engaging first work, reminiscent of early VS Naipaul.”
— The Guardian
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060736040
ISBN-10: 0060736046
Publisher: Amistad
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English