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Midnight in a Perfect Life by Michael Collins
  

Midnight in a Perfect Life

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From the BOOKER-shortlisted author of THE KEEPERS OF TRUTH comes a brilliantly delivered novel that cleverly intertwines a love story with thrilling suspense. It's dark and yet there's a smattering of black comedy. It's a novel that will make you think about life, how you've lived it and how you will continue to live it.

If you like Michael Collins you might also like to read books by Colum McCann and Louise Erdrich.

Synopsis

Midnight in a Perfect Life by Michael Collins

Karl is a troubled writer standing on the precipice of forty. After a degree of success in his early career he is now battling with what he terms his 'opus', his legacy to the world. But his partner Lori, the main breadwinner, is also thinking about her destiny and wants a child. As they embark on fertility treatment, Karl is forced to confront his deepest fear - that he will turn out to be like his father, a travelling salesman who was found dead after apparently committing murder when Karl was just thirteen. Unbeknown to Lori, Karl has already taken loans out against their house to pay for his mother's care home, and his freelance work, ghosting for a crime writer called Perry Fennimore, has dried up. As the fertility treatment progresses, Karl feels increasingly distanced from his relationship and the safety of home, and attracted to the shadowlands of Chicago's backstreets. When Fennimore re-emerges with a proposal, Karl begins to tap this new source of creativity - but just how far will he go in his pursuit of the ultimate story?

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A gentle and reflective novel * SOUTH WALES ARGUS * One of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only in Ireland but anywhere in recent decades -- Susan Hill * THE TIMES * [Collins] is a stylist, blessed with the gift of having something worth saying * SCOTSMAN * Collins is a considerable stylist . . . his prose has a thoughtful, sinewy quality, a kind of subliminal toughness of mind * TELEGRAPH * This excellent novel draws on several genres . . . to make something unique * THE TIMES * Part detective story, part philosophical tract with a nod to both Donna Tartt and STephen King, this novel is compelling, thought-provoking and just a little bit spooky * BOOKSELLER *


About the Author

Michael Collins

Michael Collins was born in 1964 in Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of six novels, and two collections of short stories. His work has garnered numerous awards, including a Pushcart Award for Best American Short Stories, The Kerry Ingredients Irish Novel of the Year, along with being shortlisted for The Booker Prize and IMPAC Prize. Collins is also an extreme athlete and has won The Last Marathon in the Antarctic and set a record time in winning both The Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and The Everest Challenge Marathon.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th May 2011

Author

Michael Collins

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780753827802

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