Elaine Feeney in Conversation with Douglas Stuart
Mac's will host a virtual book launch with Elaine Feeney, author of As You Were (Biblioasis, 2021) in conversation with Douglas Stuart author of Booker Prize winning Shuggie Bain on Saturday, October 16th at 2 p.m.
Elaine Feeney is an award-winning writer from Galway and teaches at The National University of Ireland, Galway. She has published three collections of poetry, including The Radio was Gospel and Rise and the award-winning drama, WRoNGHEADED with The Liz Roche Company. As You Were her debut novel, was published in 2020 by Vintage. It was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was included in The Guardian's top debut novels for 2020. It appeared widely in best books of 2020 including in The Telegraph, The Irish Independent, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Observer and The Irish Times.
Elaine will be in conversation with Douglas Stuart, author of the acclaimed debut novel Shuggie Bain. He was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker and Literary Hub.
About As You Were:
Acerbic, funny, and sad, poet Elaine Feeney’s fiction debut is a bitingly compassionate commentary on community found in the the most trying of circumstances. Sinead Hynes is dying of cancer, but has told no one, not even her own family. (She does, however, confide in a magpie she sees on the hood of a Volvo.) The patients she shares a hospital ward with are a colorful group of characters - think One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest but narrated by a woman in an oncology ward. Her ward mates form the family that Sinead needs, and they care for each other in their own often clumsy, misguided ways. The story is told in small vignettes made up of memories, dreams, and observations a la Jenny Offil. Each fragment is a prismatic view of Sinead’s fear, exhaustion, and wonder at life’s rich pageant ~ Grace Harper
A truly original voice. Raw, urgent and uncompromising about the lengths we go to to conceal hurt, deception, psychic pain... A brilliant portrayal of the kindness of strangers, the kinship of women and the heartbreak of married love.--Mary Costello
About Shuggie Bain
"We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love. The book gives a vivid glimpse of a marginalized, impoverished community in a bygone era of British history. It's a desperately sad, almost-hopeful examination of family and the destructive powers of desire." --Booker Prize Judges