Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.

The Guardian

The only certainty is that we’ve all misunderstood everything

Hawthorn & Child

Fiction by Keith Ridgway

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Paperback (published September 23, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221665
Price US
15.95
Page Count
288

Ebook (published September 23, 2013)

ISBN
9780811221672
Price US
15.95

Keith Ridgway

Contemporary Irish writer

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Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.

The Guardian

Hawthorn & Child has all the moody stuff of the detective genre, but no suspects, no clues, no resolution. The novel becomes an impressionistic portrait of the London they see.

London Review of Books

Brilliantly well done–alive, funny, and deeply troubled.

The Irish Times

There is a dreamlike quality to Hawthorn & Child’s sense of causality and connection. The detectives do not solve anything, and the book’s mystery is not the crime with which it begins but the lives that hold it together. It is not the closing of any case that preoccupies the book but the perpetual openness and irresolution of all cases, all identities. That is its punch, its poetry.

—Andrew Fox, The Daily Beast

Ridgway’s book is successfully thought-provoking and haunting.

Publishers Weekly

This is a mystery novel unlike any you’ve ever read. Its strangeness is reminiscent of Beckett’s work, and Ridgway is a masterful storyteller.

Largehearted Boy

An admirably conceived work of fiction.

The Times Literary Supplement

An idiosyncratic and fascinating novel… refreshingly contemporary in language and style.

—Zadie Smith

Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.

—Ian Rankin, The Guardian