‘Will Self and Caroline Smailes are arch-experimentalists’ OBSERVER
‘A stark and shocking tale told unflinchingly yet with outstanding sensitivity’
Dave Hill, author of The Adoption
‘Original, authentic and technically brilliant, Caroline Smailes' In Search of Adam is a debut of remarkable quality and devastating power’
Nicholas Royle, author of Antwerp
A taut and beautifully written debut novel by an exciting and accomplished new author.
Motherless, rootless and unprotected, Jude Williams' childhood is fractured by the horror and experience of sexual abuse, forcing her to exist somewhere and nowhere in-between childhood and adulthood. Caught within the limitations of her own language and trapped within a family secret, Jude becomes the consequence of her mother's tragedy. As she moves through the 1980s, Jude's life is buffeted by choice and destiny and she collects experiences that layer her personal tragedy and plunge her into the darkest of worlds.