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Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles


Care of Wooden Floors

Will Wiles


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February 2012 Debut of the Month.

Winner of a Betty Trask Award 2013.

Inhabiting the spaces in-between everyday events - a place where tiny oversights can have disastrous, farcical and even fatal consequences. This is a unique, bold and brilliant debut from a darkly funny new voice - which has a little bit of floor care in it as well.



Comparison: Tom Rachman, Patrick Quinlan, Monica Lewycka
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Synopsis

Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles

Oskar is a minimalist composer best known for a piece called Variations on Tram Timetables. He is married to a Californian art dealer named Laura and he lives with two cats, named after Russian composers, in an Eastern European city. But this book isn't really about Oskar. Oskar is in Los Angeles, having his marriage dismantled by lawyers. He has entrusted an old university friend with the task of looking after his cats, and taking care of his perfect, beautiful apartment. Despite the fact that Oskar has left dozens of surreally detailed notes covering every aspect of looking after the flat, things do not go well. It's about a friendship between two men who don't know each other very well. It's about alienation and being alone in a foreign city. It's about the quest for perfection and the struggle against entropy. And it is, a little, about how to take care of wooden floors.


Reviews

'Highly idiosyncratic, well-written, with a vivid sense of place -- compelling.'
Michael Frayn

'Care of Wooden Floors is a wonderful work. Precisely constructed, with an eye that sees in between the everyday spaces of our lives, it sheds new light, not only on ourselves, but on the contemporary novel itself.'
Lee Rourke, author of The Canal




About the Author

Will Wiles

Will Wiles is an architecture and design journalist. He lives in London.

 

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Format
Hardback
304 pages

Author
Will Wiles

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Author's Website
willwiles.blogspot.com/


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  • Mon, 1 Sep 2014 @ 15:19
    Passport confiscation is so obviously a punishment devised by a man who has just had his holiday ruined.
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    RT @jamesbridle: The ability to arbitrarily revoke the citizenship of any individual is an attack on all who hold that citizenship.
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    RT @jamesbridle: Citizenship is, in Hannah Arendt’s timeless phrase, “the right to have rights”. Remove citizenship & remove the whole stac…

Publisher
HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date
2nd February 2012

Categories
Literary Fiction
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama
Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites


ISBN
9780007424436
 


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