I Saw a Man Hardback
by Owen Sheers
The stunning new novel from Owen Sheers - as heard on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime.
This book was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger 2015.
The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner - thinking the Nelsons' house was empty - stepped through their back door.
After the sudden loss of his wife, Michael Turner moves to London and quickly develops a close friendship with the Nelson family next door.
Josh, Samantha and their two young daughters seem to represent everything Michael fears he may now never have: intimacy, children, stability and a family home. Despite this, the new friendship at first seems to offer the prospect of healing, but then a catastrophic event changes everything.
Michael is left bearing a burden of grief and a secret he must keep, but the truth can only be kept at bay for so long.
Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, I Saw a Man is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. Owen Sheers takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 28/05/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571317721