Spies in Canaan: ‘One of the most powerful and probing novels so far this year’ – Financial Times, Best summer reads of 2022

David Park

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published: 12th May '22


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A bold and unsettling parable about guilt, atonement and redemption from the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award ‘It is seldom that one can say a book is perfect, but this is as close as I’ve seen in a very long time’ SUNDAY INDEPENDENT ‘A bold and unsettling parable about guilt, atonement and redemption’ IRISH TIMES Michael has travelled a long way from his boyhood under the endless skies of the Midwest. His retirement is peaceful, if solitary. But one day there is a visitation: a mysterious car on the seafront, and a package delivered. From its contents, Michael understands that he has been commissioned to undertake a final journey. As Michael makes his way deep into a distant desert – a strange and liminal landscape that lies between hell and redemption – he undertakes another journey, into long-suppressed memories: of Vietnam and the dying days of war, and to face a final accounting for what was done. Taut, atmospheric and moving, Spies in Canaan is a powerful elegy to the pain of love, the guilt of old age, and the grace of atonement. ‘Another compact marvel … This is a meditative novel that, while investing heavily in a patient build-up of atmosphere, never forgets the need to put a foot on the gas’ DAILY MAIL ‘David Park’s novels are always elegantly written’ INDEPENDENT ‘Unflinching, courageous, wise, alert to the thrill and sorrow of violence … Adds to David Park’s status as a superb novelist’ FRANK MCGUINNESS

Additional information

Dimensions 135 × 216 mm
Page Count 208