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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (10 Oct. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1501145185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501145186
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A highly unusual tale set in a highly unusual Irish village full of dark secrets and engaging characters (not all of them still alive). Lushly imagined, delightfully original and very, very funny, it hurtles along from the very first page. A hugely enjoyable read. I can't wait for more from Jess Kidd."--M.L. Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans

"Jess Kidd is a genius. Her prose sparkles with wit, savagery and startling originality. I loved it."--Tasha Kavanagh, author of Things We Have In Common

"I love this book. It's a magic realist murder mystery set in rural Ireland, in which the dead play as important a part as the living. It's one of those books that has you smiling as you read, and that you plan to read again very soon."--Louis de Bernières, bestselling author of Corelli's Mandolin

"[A] fast-paced yarn that nimbly soars above the Irish crime fiction genre Kidd clearly knows very well."--New York Times Book Review

"Over in Dublin, Jess Kidd's Himself is her supernaturally skillful debut. Irish eyes are glowing."--Vanity Fair

"For the love of all that's right and true in the world, you've got to read Jess Kidd's debut Himself (Atria), a fabulously imaginative, darkly comic Irish tale set 'in the arse-end of beyond' in a village called Mulderigg. Reading this picaresque novel is like nursing a pint in a pub while a seanchaí, a traditional storyteller, trills the air with magic and mystery and a local modulates the narrative with irreverent commentary from a stool in the corner...In Mahony, the author has created a literary descendant of Henry Fielding's "Tom Jones" (also a foundling with parental issues), and in Mulderigg she's imagined a literary neighborhood akin to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Macondo, a place populated with eccentric characters, living and dead. The plot races to an ending of Biblical proportions (as most Irish tales do) and it'll bring tears to your sorry eyes and joy to your hardened heart."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"[A] whimsical mystery... That's the pleasure of Himself -- the way the novel's plot, with its delicate language and soft Irish lilt, wanders like lush green vines, never seeming to travel in straight lines. A villageful of characters emerge, all of them having a deft way with a line... The mystery here is how the living and the dead live side by side, and the joy is the music with which Kidd brings all of the characters to life."--The Seattle Times

"Himself is Jess Kidd's confident, engaging debut novel. It has a captivating ensemble cast, great jolts of humor and danger, hair-raising plot twists and just enough darkness to make the magic feel true. A thoroughly enjoyable read."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Debut novelist Jess Kidd is so sure-handed that this reader didn't blink an eye about that dead girl, or any of the other dead characters loitering about the town's streets, homes, and stores... [A]n ancient, long-retired actress, holed up in the guesthouse where he's staying, may be the most memorable fictional character I've met in years. She's fully original and fearless, and her machinations with both Mahoney and the local priest are laugh-out-loud funny... Kidd's memorable page-turner features a unique voice, a concoction brewed of magical realism and dark humor... It would be a pity to miss reading this fine, funny and entertaining story,"--Historical Novels Review

"Himself is a classic, feeding the reader through a multisensory smorgasbord of Irish euphemisms...The snappy dialogue in Himself is delightful and a strong asset to Kidd's flawless storytelling. The story breathes metaphors into sweet descriptive prose, pulling at heartstrings and bursting with humor...Foul play, fantasy, and a glimmer of romance wrapped up in a suspense-filled ending, makes Himself a delicious, gratifying and ageless story."--New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Jess Kidd is an award-winning author with a PhD in creative writing from St. Mary's University in London. She grew up as part of a large family from Ireland's County Mayo and now lives in London with her daughter. Her first book, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Learn more at JessKidd.com.



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