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Akin

A Novel

by Emma Donoghue

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list price: $32.99
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published: Sep 2019
ISBN:9781443458948
publisher: HarperCollins
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In her first contemporary novel since Room, bestselling author Emma Donoghue returns with her next masterpiece, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family. A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets.

Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France.
This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.

Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

 

About the Author

Emma Donoghue

Born in Dublin in 1969, EMMA DONOGHUE is a novelist, screenwriter and playwright who lives in Canada. Her novel Room won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, selling more than two million copies. Donoghue scripted the Canadian-Irish film of Room which was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her fiction (short and long) ranges from the contemporary (Stir-fryHoodLandingTouchy Subjects) to the historical (SlammerkinThe Sealed LetterAstrayFrog Music).  Donoghue’s books for young readers are The Lotterys Plus One and The Lotterys More Or Less. Her last novel for adults, The Wonder, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.



 

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Editorial Reviews

Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can’t compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it’s potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory.”

— Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours

“Dark and vivid, with complicated characters, this is a novel that lodges itself deep”  

— USA Today

Praise for The Wonder:

— No Source

“Heartbreaking and transcendent”

— New York Times

“Thrilling and at moments palm-sweatingly harrowing.”

— New York Times Book Review

Praise for Room:

— No Source

“Donoghue’s literary prowess creeps like a dark, menacing fog across the pages.”

— Quill & Quire

“Remarkable . . . heartrending. . . . Both gripping and poignant, it’s a tribute to human resourcefulness and resilience and extremity, and a stirring portrait of a mother’s devotion.”

— Toronto Star

“[B]ack with a novel as gripping and intense as the popular Room. The Wonder, is set in 1850s Ireland and will undoubtedly also be adapted to the big screen. The prose is so intensely alive, so cinematic that you truly can see the action unfolding before your eyes.”

— Ottawa Citizen

“Claustrophobic, controversial, brilliant . . . inventive, tense, and stringently intelligent.”

— Maclean's

“A tense gothic page-turner in which nobody, including the unreliable nurse narrator, are entirely what they seem. A powerful exploration of religion and the sway it holds, The Wonder is equal parts psychological drama and unorthodox love story. A thoroughly enjoyable read from one of the country’s premier storytellers.”

— Toronto Star

“Donoghue’s writing is as lush as it is clear-eyed; her characters and settings emerge in richly detailed prose, but there’s never a word out of place.”

— Quill & Quire

“Emma Donoghue again demonstrates her facility for tension-ridden storytelling and unusual empathy.” 

— NOW Magazine

“Her contemporary thriller Room (2010) made the author an international bestseller, but this gripping tale offers a welcome reminder that her historical fiction is equally fine.”

— Kirkus Reviews <strong>(starred review)</strong>

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