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A Lonely Man

Chris Power

The first novel by the acclaimed author of Mothers – a distilled work of fiction about the multiplicity inside us all.

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*A New Statesman Book of the Year*

A taut, subtle, postmodern literary thriller.SUNDAY TIMES
A remarkable debut; an accomplished and intricately plotted story.’—JON McGREGOR
A Lonely Man is a delicate snare of a novel.’—BRANDON TAYLOR
A thrilling, unnerving novel a page-turner with exacting syntax and emotional heft.’—CATHERINE LACEY
Impressively deftA Lonely Man is a tense and taut work.’—BENJAMIN MYERS

Robert is a struggling writer living in Berlin with his wife and two young daughters. One night he meets Patrick, an enigmatic stranger with a sensational story to tell: a ghostwriter for a Russian oligarch – recently found hanged – who is now being followed. But is he really in danger? Patrick’s life strikes Robert as a fabrication, but one that comes to obsess him. He decides to use the other man, and his story.

An elegant and atmospheric twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man is a novel
of shadows, of the search for identity and the elastic nature of truth. As his association with Patrick hurtles towards tragedy, Robert must decide: are actual events the only things that give a story life, and are some stories too dangerous to tell?

Critic Reviews

Chris Power’s quiet yet compelling touch is reminiscent of Alice Munro and Peter Stamm.

Critic Reviews

An extraordinarily unshowy craftsman.

Chris Power

Chris Power is the author of A Lonely Man and Mothers, which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He lives in London.

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