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Ashland & Vine

Author: John Burnside  

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The Costa prize-winning poet and novelist is back with a remarkable novel about love grief, and the power of unlikely friendships

Kate, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary. Gradually, Jean offers a heart-breaking account, not only of her own history - a lost lover, a family scarred by war - but of the American century itself;
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Summary

The Costa prize-winning poet and novelist is back with a remarkable novel about love grief, and the power of unlikely friendships

Kate, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary.

Gradually, Jean offers a heart-breaking account, not only of her own history - a lost lover, a family scarred by war - but of the American century itself;

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Kate, a grieving, semi-alcoholic film student, invites an elderly woman to take part in an oral-history documentary. Jean declines, but makes her a bizarre counter-offer- if Kate can stay sober for four days, she will tell her a story. If she can stay sober beyond that, there will be another, and then another, amounting to the entire history of one family's life.

Gradually, Jean offers a heart-breaking account, not only of her own history - a lost lover, a family scarred by war - but of the American century itself; as a deep connection emerges between the women which will transform both of their lives.

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Awards

Short-listed for Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year 2017 (UK)

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Critic Reviews

“What does it mean to live with integrity in the United States of America? That is the question haunting John Burnside's new novel... The way that Burnside layers these stories is masterful, and becomes a meditation on storytelling itself.”

Ashland & Vine proposes solace and joy in intergenerational friendship, and an optimism in what can be accomplished through talking and listening. -- Thomas Marks Literary Review Ashland and Vine is a great book... It proceeds with such loping grandeur and is so tight-lipped about its themes that it takes a while for the realization to dawn that it is nothing short of an American epic. That, however, is what Burnside has written: a drifty, dreamy, dramatic epic. -- James Marriott The Times This is a novel that will no doubt be catching the eyes of judges of major prizes in 2017. Big Issue, 2017 Books of the Year A book of wintry landscapes, family secrets and alcoholism, but it's also a paean to the art of listening well that is especially welcome after the last 12 months of stridency...Burnside, who is also an accomplished poet, writes lyrical rose with virtuoso ease...Ashland & Vine is built on the trust that evolves between talker and listener; the movement of a mind trapped in its own uncertainties and a series of tableaux which build to a strange and stirring kind of redemption. -- Marcel Theroux Guardian What does it mean to live with integrity in the United States of America? That is the question haunting John Burnside's new novel... The way that Burnside layers these stories is masterful, and becomes a meditation on storytelling itself. -- Duncan White Daily Telegraph

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About the Author

John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St Andrews University.

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage
Published
1st February 2018
Pages
352
ISBN
9780099554936
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