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Kick the Latch

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With its ruthless concision and artful mysteries, Kathryn Scanlan's Kick the Latch is lightning in a bottle. Based on transcribed interviews with Sonia, a horse trainer, the novel vividly captures thearc of one woman's life at the racetrack - the flat land and ramshackle backstretch; the bad feelings and friction; the winner's circle and the racetrack bar; the fancy suits and fancy boots; and the 'particular language' of 'grooms, jockeys, trainers, racing secretaries, stewards, pony people, hotwalkers, everybody' - with economy and integrity. As Scanlan puts it, 'I wanted to preserve - amplify, exaggerate - Sonia's idiosyncratic speech, her bluntness, her flair as a storyteller. I arrived at what you could call a composite portrait of a self.'Whittled down with a fiercely singular artistry, Kick the Latch bangs out of the starting gate and carries the reader on a careening joyride around the inside track. 'A revelation in its unadorned, unromantic, plain power.' Andrew McMillan'It's a landscape full of exhausting labor and habitual violence, but also ecstatic devotion and joy . . . Scanlan writes about ordinary life in extraordinary ways.' Leslie Jamison, New Yorker'I was absolutely blown away . . . A finely wrought work of art that takes one person's life and expands it to create something wondrous and universal. The pages I read seemed to capture all that is vital to human existence.' Tash Aw'Kick the Latch comes at you fast, and is a hell of a ride. I loved it.' Jon McGregor'Pure exhilaration. No one works with fineness, with exactitude, with the beating heart of fiction and of life, quite like Kathryn Scanlan.' Amina Cain'Superb . . . Niche and precise in the revelation of an ordinary life (Johnson's Train Dreams, or Seethaler's A Whole Life) with the distillation of Lydia Davis.' Sinad Gleeson'Revelatory . . . every word is essential.' Amy Hempel'A wonderfully empathic window opened onto a fascinating life lived on the margins.' Eric Banks'Performs the trick of turning a life . . . into art, and does so with particular charm, will, and intensity.' Lucie Elven

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781914198250
Publication date: 19th January 2023
Author: Kathryn Scanlan
Publisher: Daunt Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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