Wide Open (Paperback)
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Short Description for Wide Open Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2000, this brilliant and wildly imaginative novel centers on a motley crew of oddballs and misfits who come together on the Isle of Sheppey, each rife with secrets and madness simmering beneath the surface of normality.
- Published: 09 January 2001
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780060933753 ISBN 10: 0060933755
- Sales rank: 589,065
Full description for Wide Open
As winner of the highly prestigious IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, Wide Open beat out books by such masters as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Michael Cunningham. It is truly extraordinary work of fiction, taking readers into a small English seaside town, and into the minds and hearts of its remarkable inhabitants -- a man named Ronny, weed killer by trade, who has some strange things in common with a man he finds dangling from a bridge; Nathan, the son of a pedophile, who toils in the Underground's Lost Property department, endlessly logging missing items; Sara, purveyor of her family boar farm, and Lily, her teenage daughter, tragically born with unformed organs and blood that refuses to clot. Starkly original and at turns hilarious, sad, and hopeful, Wide Open brilliantly displays Nicola Barker's delightfully singular literary talent.