Communion Town

Communion Town

by Sam Thompson

Hardback Publication Date: 03/12/2013

 

Each of us conjures our own city, one of many incarnations; a place throbbing with so many layers, meanings, and hidden corners cannot be the same for any two citizens.
Communion Town calls to mind David Mitchell's Ghostwritten, Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, and China Mi#65533;ville's The City & The City, but is uniquely its own. This incandescent novel maps an imaginary city and explores the lives of its outcasts and scapegoats. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different citizen-defining the city itself as a character, both protagonist and antagonist-and each is told in a different genre, from a hardboiled detective story to steampunk to gothic horror, displaying the great range of Sam Thompson's literary ability. As the novel unfolds in different neighborhoods, we encounter a lovelorn folksinger, a repressed detective, a slaughterhouse worker, a lost tourist, a bon vivant, and a ghost. From their lonely voices we gather the many-faceted story of the city: a place imagined differently by each citizen as he or she searches for connection, transformation, or escape.

ISBN:
9781620401651
9781620401651
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
03-12-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
215.39x175.77x27.94mm
Weight:
0.42kg
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson was born in 1978. His first novel, Communion Town, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2012.

Jott is his second novel.

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