March 2017 Feature


Country Life

by Ken Edwards
Unthank Books, 2015

Our pick for March, and a longlist nominee for The Guardian's Not the Booker 2016Country Life is a dark dreamscape, a portrait of the passions and ambivalences of young adulthood. From the back:

Jobless, young Dennis Chaikowsky is house-sitting for his parents in the back end of nowhere, near a nuclear power station on the coast. His attempts at musical composition are stymied by his complicated relationship with his Neo-Marxist poet friend, city-dweller Tarquin, his sexual obsession with with Alison, a.k.a. Wanda, who works in the power station by day and is a singer by night, and his fear and awe of her rock musician husband Severin. It’s an unsustainable comedy, but the world outside, natural and unnatural, described in Edwards’ unnerving prose, doesn’t care.

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