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August by Callan Wink


Callan Wink

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Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication date: 2 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781847088109

A ferociously talented US author makes his debut with Bear Tooth - part wilderness odyssey, part literary chase, here is a literary novel that delivers pure entertainment

4 stars out of 5
James Walton
27 Jun 2020

"a penetrating and ultimately sympathetic character study"

Fortunately too the longer the book goes on — and the more we adapt to its languorous rhythms — the clearer it becomes how deftly the lack of affect is being used to reinforce Wink’s central point: that August is a stranger to himself. The unknowability of other people and the difficulties of knowing ourselves are scarcely unknown themes in fiction, but rarely can they have been so wholeheartedly rendered — or embodied — as they are here, with the book’s own inscrutability reflecting that of its main character.