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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (24 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783784229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783784226
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Menace and mordant wit are the blood that runs through these veins, but there's a pulse of wonder in Carys Davies' West. She sees the world and its inhabitants both as we hope they are and as we fear that they might be. An audacious and enigmatic debut of thrilling dimensions, and a reminder of fiction's possibilities."-- Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life and A Life of Adventure and Delight <br \><br \>"A story of determination, betrayal, folly, and reckless hope written in the grand tradition of the pioneers. You enter the familiar American frontier and shortly are convinced, with Davies' hero, that the mammoths of the Pleistocene still shyly roam the Plains. The seams between imagination and history in this extraordinary story are invisible. I believed every word." --Salvatore Scibona, author of The End<br \><br \>"West is a journey and a wonder. A man leaves what he loves and goes west in search of the amazing. A story concerned with value and language, love and absence, life and death. A debut of real distinction." --Bernard MacLaverty, author of Midwinter Break and Cal<br \><br \>"To read Carys Davies' West is to encounter a myth, or a potent dream--a narrative at once new and timeless. Exquisite, continent, utterly vivid, this short novel will live on in your imagination long after you read the last page." --Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl and The Woman Upstairs<br \><br \>"Davies' slim, complex, and achingly beautiful first novel is a sculpture of daring shifts and provocative symmetries welded together by lyrical, fast-paced prose...The result is a choral performance, reminiscent of those by Penelope Fitzgerald...Deployed on the stage of the midlapsarian American frontier, Davies' chorus manages to weave threads of myth and hope into the gnarly chords of historical tragedy. A masterful first novel--the sort of book that warms even as it devastates, that forces serious reflection and yet charms." --Kirkus, starred review<br \><br \>"A tightly-knit, compulsively readable tale...Davies' slender novel has all the heft of a sprawling western classic." --Booklist, starred review<br \><br \>"West proves what in-the-know lovers of her short stories have already been trumpeting: Carys Davies is a deft, audacious visionary, a master of the form. In West, she breaks open our fascination with fated journeys and the irrepressible draw of the unknown, imbuing the American landscape with her own rare magic, twisting the heart as few others can, brilliantly navigating the tension between narrative minimalism and imaginative opulence." --Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife<br \><br \>"West has all the stark power and immediacy of a folk-tale or a legend. It is also structured with great artistry, a beguiling sense of form and pace, and a depth in the way the characters are created, making clear that Carys Davies is a writer of immense talent." --Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and House of Names

"Moving, atmospheric." --Real Simple

"Short, incredible, violent, uplifting and empowering - how Davies manages to create such an enduring story in 150 pages is a mystery, but she nails it." --Stylist

About the Author

Carys Davies's short stories have been widely published in magazines and anthologies and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. They have won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Award, the Royal Society of Literature's V S Pritchett Prize, and a Northern Writers' Award, and her second collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award 2015. She lives with her family in Lancaster, England.



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5.0 out of 5 starsA stillborn legend
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5.0 out of 5 starsI'm torn because I appreciate the skill and language that made this story spring to life in such a slim book but I also think this plot has such huge potential that it could have been a terrific longer novel
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5.0 out of 5 starsI really like adventure books
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