Young God | Granta

  • Published: 02/04/2015
  • ISBN: 9781847088895
  • 129x30mm
  • 208 pages

Young God

Katherine Faw Morris

Nikki has been thirteen forever. She drives a stolen car up the Carolina hills to her father’s trailer with a backpack full of pills. She is determined to make her way into his life. Drug deals, pimp wars, chicken shit, ecstasy.

Soon Nikki learns what’s required of her to survive – and to prevail – ­ in this world.

Young God introduces a debut novelist with a startling control of language. Scene by harrowing scene, with flashes of brilliant imagery and terse, tense dialogue, this book brings readers into the lost wilds of America. Just as Nikki fights her way into power among dangerous men, Katherine Faw Morris invades stylistic territory usually dominated by male writers – and demands attention.

Strange and remarkable... A powerful portrait of humanity in the face of everyday atrocity... Likely to leave even the sturdiest stunned

Eimear McBride, Guardian

This book is so clean and dirty. It is charged white space: these pages happen to you and now you're awakening, groping groggily to reconstruct. Get mixed up by it. Enter the single-wide and find some ecstasy with Faw

Richard Hell, writer and musician (Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids)

Radical and shocking... The harsh light of the south hammers down as the story unfolds with disorienting swiftness, which lends it a dream-like quality... augmented by a spare lyricism. A remarkable debut

Peter Carty, Financial Times

The Author

Katherine Faw Morris was born in northwest North Carolina. She studied at Columbia University and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two pit bulls.

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In Conversation | The Online Edition

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‘I wanted her to be a pit bull.’