Death of all things / Michael Collins.
By: Collins, Michael.Publisher: London : Head of Zeus Ltd, 2016Description: 330 p. : 23 cm.ISBN: 9781784974954 : (pbk.).Subject(s): Chicago (Ill.) -- Fiction | Modern fiction
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There was a new beginning. He felt it everywhere, in the sweep of change, in the simple pronouncement of 'Yes we can!" It's 2008 and Norman Price - a moderately successful forty-something playwright living in Chicago - considers the shuddering impact of the financial crash. What's needed, he thinks, is the will for a new existence. When his parents die, one shortly after the other, The New Existence becomes Norman's mantra as he tries to recalibrate his own shaken world. Into Norman's tentative re-building, a couple of bombshells are dropped. His parents' old house has to go on the market, forcing him to revisit the past. And then he receives a mysterious email from a man he has never met but whose name is instantly, painfully, familiar. Norman's new existence is suddenly threatened by past secrets. Michael Collins takes post 9/11 America as the background for a deeply moving novel about complex identities and the fragility of humanity. (copac)