Solar Bones (Hardcover)

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That such an ethereal, elegiac narrative could address so many hard, human truths is the miracle of Solar Bones. Told in one long, rippling sentence, (not a period in sight!) it is the story of civil engineer Marcus Conway, musing from the afterlife about his existence, his family, and the hubris of humans in allowing politics to take precedence over nature. McCormack keeps a light rein on his flowing prose, giving it just enough slack to keep it from wafting away. A beautiful, sorrowful book.

— Grace Harper

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Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Winner of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year
An Irish Times Book Club Choice

Solar Bones is a masterwork that builds its own style and language one broken line at a time; the result is a visionary accounting of the now.

A vital, tender, death-haunted work by one of Ireland's most important contemporary writers, Solar Bones is a celebration of the unexpected beauty of life and of language, and our inescapable nearness to our last end. It is All Souls Day, and the spirit of Marcus Conway sits at his kitchen table and remembers. In flowing, relentless prose, Conway recalls his life in rural Ireland: as a boy and man, father, husband, citizen. His ruminations move from childhood memories of his father's deftness with machines to his own work as a civil engineer, from transformations in the local economy to the tidal wave of global financial collapse. Conway's thoughts go still further, outward to the vast systems of time and history that hold us all. He stares down through the "vortex of his being," surveying all the linked circumstances that combined to bring him into this single moment, and he makes us feel, if only for an instant, all the terror and gratitude that existence inspires.

About the Author


Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from County Mayo in Ireland. His previous work includes Forensic Songs; Notes from a Coma, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award; Crowe's Requiem; and Getting It in the Head, which was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Galway.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616958534
ISBN-10: 1616958537
Publisher: Soho Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English