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White City by Kevin Power

White City by Kevin Power

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From the highly acclaimed author of Bad Day in Blackrock - inspiration for the 2012 award-winning film What Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson... Shortlisted for the 2021 An Post Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year. A darkly funny, gripping, and profoundly moving novel about a life spinning out of control, a life lived without the bedrock of familial love, and the corruption of material wealth that tears at the soul.

'It was my father's arrest that brought me here, although you could certainly say I took the scenic route.' Here is rehab, where Ben - the only son of a rich South Dublin banker - is piecing together the shattered remains of his life. Abruptly cut off, at the age of 27, from a life of heedless privilege, Ben flounders through a world of drugs and dead-end jobs, his self-esteem at rock bottom. Even his once-adoring girlfriend, Clio, is at the end of her tether.

Then Ben runs into an old school friend who wants to cut him in on a scam: a shady property deal in the Balkans. The deal will make Ben rich and, at one fell swoop, will deliver him from all his troubles: his addictions, his father's very public disgrace, and his own self-loathing and regret. Problems solved.

But something is amiss. For one thing, the Serbian partners don't exactly look like fools. (In fact, they look like gangsters.) And, for another, Ben is being followed everywhere he goes.

Someone is being taken for a ride. But who? Praise for White City:'I can't recommend it enough. It's often hilariously funny but it's also a sharp and smart dissection of contemporary materialism' John Boyne, author of The Heart's Invisible Furies 'A delightful and tautly written account of a young man from an affluent family whose life of privilege is turned upside down' Sunday Times 'Spiky, blackly funny novel that offers an incisive study on class, entitlement and masculinity' Independent 'Capacious and comic, luxuriantly written, with an intricate plot and heightened characterization both riotous rant and thoughtful coming-of-age tale' Dublin Review of Books 'Outstanding second novel... A brilliantly entertaining novel that is profound in the most unexpected ways. Power is that rarity, a genuinely funny novelist.

Yet all the more remarkable is Power's handling of tone: this novel moves effortlessly between humor and sincerity; it is steeped in empathy and raw anger' Literary Review 'White City is likely to be the most solid, well-rounded novel to come out of Ireland this year... At once a pacy page-turner with a nerve-frazzling plot and a realistic and haunting tale of our interconnected world... White City is a superb all-round book that will stay with you long after the inevitable binge read' Irish Independent 'White City synthesizes familiar forms into a whole: the rogue's confession, the young man finding his way, the post-Celtic Tiger satire on puffed-up, self-perpetuating bullshit businesses...

  • Format:Paperback / softback 464 pages
  • Publisher:Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Imprint:Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • ISBN:9781847399410
  • Published:17 Mar 2022
  • Classifications:Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense
  • Readership:General (US: Trade)
  • Weight:366g
  • Dimensions:132 x 197 x 35 (mm)
  • Pub. Country:United Kingdom
  • Country of Origin:GB
  • Tariff Codes:49019900
  • For sale in: All countries
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