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Book Title

Shy

Subtitle
A Novel
Author 1
Max Porter
Body
This is the story of a few strange hours in the life of a troubled teenage boy.
 
You mustn’t do that to yourself Shy. You mustn’t hurt yourself like that.
 
He is wandering into the night listening to the voices in his head: his teachers, his parents, the people he has hurt and the people who are trying to love him.
 
Got your special meds, nutcase?
 
He is escaping Last Chance, a home for “very disturbed young men,” and walking into the haunted space between his night terrors, his past, and the heavy question of his future.
 
The night is huge and it hurts.
 
In Shy, Max Porter extends the excavation of boyhood that began with Grief Is the Thing with Feathers and continued with Lanny. But here he asks: How does mischievous wonder and anarchic energy curdle into something more disturbing and violent? Shy is a bravura, lyric, music-besotted performance by one of the great writers of his generation.

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List Price
$25.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-229-5
Format
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
136
Trim Size
Trim Size
5 x 7.75
Keynote
A novel about guilt, rage, imagination, and boyhood, about being lost in the dark and learning you’re not alone

About the Author

Max  Porter
Credit: Francesca Jones
Max Porter is the author of Lanny, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Death of Francis Bacon. He lives in Bath with his family.

https://www.maxporter.co.uk/
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Praise

  • “Max Porter has a way of writing unlike anyone else. I loved Shy. I finished it elated and tearful, joyful and terrified, changed by the journey. It moved me and surprised me and that is what I look for in my favorite artists.”—PJ Harvey
  • “I kept thinking of Mrs. Dalloway. The comparison seems utterly inappropriate, and yet where else had I experienced a character lift of the page in this way, with such scattered force? And yet also with such choral beauty. It’s a prose-bomb, this book; brief and brilliant.”—Samantha Harvey
  • “Rattling out a fast snare rhythm above an undertow of bubbling, mournful sub-bass, Shy is full of soul, sweat, and spunk—a sad, wild, beautiful, brave, and funny journey through one struggling teenager’s brain.”—Will Ashon
  • “There is no other writer quite like Max, is there? . . . Shy, the boy, is wholly convincing. Brutally, beautifully so. The way he reveals Shy’s fragility without so much as a hint of sentimentality is masterful.”—Nathan Filer
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