The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break

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Five thousand years on ...and the Minotaur, or M as he is known to his colleagues, is working as a line chef at Grub's Rib in Carolina, keeping to himself, keeping his horns down, trying in vain to put his past behind him. He leads an ordered lifestyle in a shabby trailer park where he tinkers with cars, writes and re-writes to-do lists and observes the haphazard goings on around him. Outwardly controlled, M tries to hide his emotional turmoil as he is transported deeper into the human world of deceit, confusion and need.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 120 x 198 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • EdinburghUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 184195487X
  • 9781841954875
  • 155,367

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A wry, melancholy, beautiful first novel. * Guardian * This is the most surreal slab of realism you will read all year. Unique and rather wonderful. * Arena * Sherrill is a beautiful writer ... he finds the drama to keep you reading, your heart in your mouth, to the conclusion's defiant roar of hope. * Daily Telegraph * Exceptional ...Steven Sherrill uses M as the vehicle for a finely observed and compassionate portrayal of humanity in all its guises. * Irish Independent * Sherrill's narrative, with its dreamlike pace, shows myth coexisting with reality as naturally as it does in ancient epic. * Publisher's Weekly *

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About Steven Sherrill

STEVEN SHERRILL is an Assistant Professor of English at Penn State, Altoona, earned an MFA in Poetry from Iowa Writers' Workshop and was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction in 2002. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review and The Georgia Review. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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