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A young man sits on a bench looking out at the harbour of a French-Spanish border town. Ahead of him, either a cash-strapped existence strolling the sun-baked avenues of Seville, where deep shadows conceal a sense of uncanny potential, or the cooler embrace of the daily grind back in the US. Granville, cut adrift in Europe by circumstance, has a choice to make.
His solution is not to.
This daring, experimental novel addresses the existential dilemma of location, how the regret of a choice not made may overpower the satisfaction of one taken. In his debut, Simon Kinch explores the nature of longing and unfulfilment, romance and rejection, freedom and opposition.
‘An assured and pleasingly melancholy debut – in part a love letter to Europe, in part a meditation on millennial dilemmas.’ —Joe Stretch
‘Such a wonderful novel.’ —Lee Rourke
‘The parallel stories provide a vehicle for portraying much that is difficult to express. There have been many classic stories written of men attempting to find their place in a world that rewards behaviour they rail against. This contemporary offering stands with the best.’ —Jackie Law, Neverimitate
‘One of the best books I've read in recent times.’ —Víctor Rosa, Goodreads