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- Publisher: SCRIBNER
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm
- Publication date: 5 June 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0743220633
- ISBN 13: 9780743220637
Sun Dog introduces a writer of tremendous originality and maturity, with a warm and startling gift for revealing the magic in the everyday. August is a large, awkward recluse, with bright orange hair and sun-shy eyes, hiding his unnatural body away behind the counter of a Shepherd's Bush deli. One winter's day he finds a rash on his arm that looks like frost. Later, something like snow begins to fall about his head. Is it some rare disease that has triggered this strange reaction, or the reappearance of his mother's old lover, Cosmo? Could it even be an allergy to the deli's new orange cheese that mocks his own colouring? As Cosmo's continuing presence taunts him with questions about his birth and upbringing, August's body begins to change with the seasons. But the most remarkable thing is that, for the first time, he feels marvellous. Through a year's wonderful metamorphosis - through snowstorm, heat wave and eclipse - August changes into himself.
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Monique Roffey is a graduate of the Lancaster Writing School and was once a journalist for the Independent. She was born in Trinidad, and now lives in North London.
August is a large, awkward recluse with bright orange hair and sun-shy eyes who hides his unnatural body away behind the counter of a Shepherd's Bush deli. And when his mother's old lover reappears to taunt him, August finds his body changing with the seasons and through a year's wonderful metamorphism August changes into himself. A debut novel that is both startlingly original yet warmly accessible.
August is a lonely man; a man who feels awkward in social situations and envies others their ease. He wishes he is more like his purported father, Luke. But is Luke his father? And if not who is? And what is happening to August's body? It starts off as a strange rash resembling frost, but after there's a snowstorm around his head and then buds start appearing August begins to think that this complaint must be linked to the seasonal changes. And the really strange thing is how well it makes him feel. As August actually lives through the year within his body, he learns important things about himself, his friends and family. This is a wonderful book, a fascinating study of self-awakening and love - and an appreciation of the world around. The whole novel is alive and sensuous, heavy with the delights of food and flowers, with the wonder of lands unseen. Monique Roffey has strikingly captured her protagonist. She deftly portrays his shyness and angst and makes us believe with his friend Henry that he is 'wonderful' - and also an everyman with whom we can all identify. August's quirky friends are all well drawn and their idiosyncrasies are revealed gradually as their characters develop. A delightful, moving novel, and an excellent debut. (Kirkus UK)