<P>As winner of the highly prestigious IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, <I>Wide Open</I> beat out books by such masters as Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, and Michael Cunningham. It is truly extraordinary work of fiction, taking readers into a small English seaside town, and into the minds and hearts of its remarkable inhabitants -- a man named Ronny, weed killer by trade, who has some strange things in common with a man he finds dangling from a bridge; Nathan, the son of a pedophile, who toils in the Underground's Lost Property department, endlessly logging missing items; Sara, purveyor of her family boar farm, and Lily, her teenage daughter, tragically born with unformed organs and blood that refuses to clot. Starkly original and at turns hilarious, sad, and hopeful, <I>Wide Open</I> brilliantly displays Nicola Barker's delightfully singular literary talent.</p>
About the Author
Nicola Barker is the author of eleven novels, including "The Yips" (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), "Darkmans" (shortlisted for the Booker and the Ondaatje Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize), "Clear" (longlisted for the Booker), and "Wide Open" (winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and three story collections, including" Love Your Enemies" (winner of the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award). Two of her stories, "Dual Balls" and "Symbiosis," have been adapted for British television, and the former was shortlisted for a BAFTA. Barker was named on "Granta"'s Best of Young British Novelists list in 2003, and her work has been translated into over a dozen languages. She lives in London.