The Flamethrowers, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2014. It is longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Reno mounts her motorcycle and sets a collision course for New York.

In 1977 the city is alive with art, sensuality and danger.

She falls in with a bohemian clique colonising downtown and the lines between reality and performance begin to bleed.

A passionate affair with the scion of an Italian tyre empire carries Reno to Milan, where she is swept along by the radical left and drawn into a spiral of violence and betrayal.

The Flamethrowers is an audacious novel that explores the perplexing allure of femininity, fakery and fear.

In Reno we encounter a heroine like no other. Best Books of the Year: Guardian; New York Times; The Times; Observer; Financial Times; New Yorker; Telegraph; Slate; Oprah; Vogue; Time; Scotsman; and Evening Standard.

It is shortlisted for the National Book Awards 2013.




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Brilliant, but only in parts. Reminded me a lot of The Marriage Plot, with its brilliant dialogue and excellent writing drawing me in, but the obtuse themes (e.g. Futurism) pushing me away. When it's good, skewering the art world or describing a daring world-record attempt, it's really very good - but it didn't quite work as a whole for me.

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Loved and enjoyed reading it, although it ended up being stranger than I thought it would. The bf father in WWI, the various revolutionaries, the girl meets boy loses boy story was surprising - a lot about Italy was familiar from here. Weird book. Great writer.

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