A dazzling work of speculative fiction
Heart-breaking. The Men imagines a better world and what we might have to sacrifice to get there, and, at the same time, it's a brilliantly constructed sci-fi thriller, with a premise that hooks you in with a horrifying grip. I loved it
'Almost supernaturally propulsive, sometimes very beautiful... there are strange things here I am unlikely to forget. Sandra Newman is a genius'
Sarah Perry, author of Melmouth
From the Same Author
A STORY OF LOVE COMPLICATED BY TIME TRAVEL
‘What a wonderful, strange, terrifying, brilliant novel this is’ Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
New York, 2000.
Kate and Ben meet at a party and immediately fall in love. It is the first year of the new millennium, the first year without a war anywhere in the world. The United Nations has just planted its flag on Mars, and a Green Party senator is about to become the first female president of the United States. Kate falls asleep, knowing that she is loved.
Kate wakes as Emilia – the mistress of a nobleman – and finds the plague at her door. Afflicted by premonitions of a burnt and lifeless city, she sets out to save the world. Each decision she makes will change her life with Ben forever.
A story of love and alternate universes, madness and time travel, The Heavens is a dream bound up in a strange awakening; it is a bewitching novel of what we have lost, and what we might yet be able to save.
Sandra Newman on Granta.com
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‘It was a rescue horse, but a horse.’
Memoir by Sandra Newman.
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Best Book of 1952: The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Sandra Newman on why Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard is the best book of 1952.