- Published: 01/09/2016
- ISBN: 9781783782017
- 240 pages
Adrift in lives of possibility and limitation, the flawed, struggling and sympathetic characters of these desperate, eerie stories seek refuge from meaninglessness and boredom in love, art, friendship, drugs, and sex. A journalist is either the guest or captive of a reclusive former tennis star at his mansion in the French hills; a terrible storm forces a man and a woman, who may be his therapist, to flee New York together; the artistic ambitions of a banker are laid bare when he comes under the influence of two strange sisters.
Unflinching, funny and profound, Prodigals maps the degradations of contemporary life – from the deification of celebrity, to the impotence of violence, to the psychological debts of privilege, to the loss of grand narratives – with unusual insight, sincerity, and passion. It is a fiercely honest and heartfelt look at what we have become, the comedy of our foibles, and our longing for home.
Excellent... These stories, peopled by characters not always likeable but blessed with a hyper-articulate and self-awareness, are particularly concerned with ambiguous relationships and sing with a life force which is witty, ugly, dazzling and true
Claire Allfree, Metro
Jackson's funny, vibrant and insightful storytelling, highs and lows included, makes you wish you were there... A terrific writer and Prodigals deserves to be on your reading list
Paul Wilson, Esquire
Prodigals is elegant and unpredictable. These stories of bewilderment, heartbreak and psychotropics will charm you with their humor and stun you with wisdom that's both rigorous and compassionate
Catherine Lacey, author, Nobody is Ever Missing
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The Dimensions of a Cave
When reporter Quentin Jones investigates a shadowy military programme during the desert war, he discovers cutting edge technology that simulates reality during interrogation, As the shadowy labyrinth of governmental corruption unfurls and tightens around him, unnerving links to his protégé Bruce keep emerging, who disappeared into the war several years earlier.
The Dimensions of A Cave is a haunting journey into networks of power and corruption, exploring our drive towards war and obsession with new technologies. A modern day retelling of The Heart of Darkness, this masterful debut novel heralds a dazzling and singular voice in fiction.
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‘A lot of writing is confronting your own failure, again and again and again’
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‘Anyone could find courage when the World-Historical Spirit had selected you to enact your martyrdom on the Six O’Clock News. But in the shadows, in secret, unrecognized?’
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‘You only have time to live your own life, and mine was falling apart.’