Epilogue | Granta

  • Published: 03/09/2015
  • ISBN: 9781847088215
  • 130x20mm
  • 288 pages


Will Boast

When Will Boast’s father dies he is alone in the world: an American with distant English roots, orphaned, and derailed by grief. Everything he thought he knew about his parents unravels when he discovers he has two half-brothers living in England. In exquisite prose Will Boast sets about piecing together a new sense of himself, attempting as he does to understand, forgive and heal the mistakes of his father’s past.

Epilogue is so very good. Each tiny piece of this story is so sweet and heartbreaking I couldn't stop reading it. It's brilliant. It will make you cry. I have never met Will Boast, but I'm so proud of him

Nina Stibbe, author, Love, Nina

Riveting, soulful, and courageously told, Will Boast's memoir is a gorgeous meditation on grief and family and also a deeply personal account of his coming-of-age under a relentless bombardment of tragedies and revelations. Never has a story of loss been so full of life

Maggie Shipstead, author, Seating Arrangements

Elegiac and unsentimental, Epilogue is a moving meditation on the enduring mysteries of family, the surprising possibilities of loss, and the deep resilience of an individual. With piercing clarity and wisdom, Will Boast reveals the unexpected within the unthinkable

Jennifer duBois, author, Cartwheel

The Author

Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. His short story collection, Power Ballads, won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for a California Book Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in Best New American Voices and the New York Times, among other publications. He has been a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University and a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

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