To Be A Man
by Nicole Krauss
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Pub Date 3 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 3 Nov 2020
A mesmerising short story collection from the bestselling, twice-Orange Prize-shortlisted, National Book Award-nominated author of The History of Love
Deftly weaving from one end of life to another – from ageing parents to newborn babies, from a young girl’s coming-of-age to an old woman’s unexpected delivery of a strange new second youth, from mystery and wonder at a life at its close or at a future waiting to unfold, Nicole Krauss’s stories illuminate the moments in the lives of women in which the forces of sex, power and violence collide.
With sons and lovers, seducers and friends, husbands lost and regained, or husbands who were never husbands at all, how many men does can a woman’s lifetime hold? What does it mean to be a man and a woman together; or a man and a woman, once together and now apart?
Beautiful, taut and dark, spinning across the world, from Switzerland, Japan and New York to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and South America, To Be a Man delves with originality and timeliness into questions of masculinity and violence, regret and regeneration, control and desire; and shines a fierce, unwavering light onto men and women, and into the uncharted gulfs that lie between them.
PRAISE FOR NICOLE KRAUSS
'This is one of those novels that makes you miss your train stop, and I say that from experience. It's a beautiful story about two very different but intertwined lives, and it's told with depth, heart, and humour' KILEY REID
'Dazzling … Finds Krauss at the top of her game. Blazingly intelligent, elegantly written and a remarkable achievement' EMILY ST JOHN MANDEL
'Krauss is a poet and a philosopher, and this latest work does what only the very best fiction can do – startles, challenges and enlightens the reader, while showing the familiar world anew … A pleasure and a privilege to read' FINANCIAL TIMES
'A complex and rewarding novel that will linger long after you’ve reached the final page' STYLIST
'A complex and rewarding novel that will linger long after you’ve reached the final page' PHILIP ROTH
'As original and impressive a work of fiction as I have encountered in years; a welcome reminder of how a novel can be defiantly and brilliantly novel' NEW STATESMAN