I saw a man : a novel

by Sheers, Owen, 1974-

Format: Print Book [2015]
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Summary
An utterly stunning novel of love, loss, the insidious nature of secrets, and the transformative power of words. I Saw a Man fulfills the promise of Owen Sheers's acclaimed novel, Resistance .

When journalist Caroline Marshall dies while on assignment in Pakistan, her grief-stricken husband, Michael, leaves their cottage in Wales and returns to London. He quickly develops a friendship with his neighbors, Josh and Samantha Nelson, and their two young daughters. Michael's becoming close with the family marks the beginning of a long healing process.

But Michael's period of recovery comes to an abrupt end when a terrible accident brings the burden of a shattering secret into his life. How will Michael bear the agonizing weight of guilt as he navigates persistent doubts on the path to attempted redemption? The answer, revealed poignantly in Sheers' masterly prose , is eloquent, resonant, and completely unforgettable.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Sheers follows his widely praised WWII novel, Resistance (2008), with a tale set in more recent Great Recession times. In a bucolic corner of London, a married couple befriends a young widower who has just moved in next door. They sympathize with the man, who is mourning his photographer wife killed by American drone fire, not realizing that he will become the person latently responsible for the death of their four-year-old daughter. In this chain reaction tragedy, few characters are left as solely victims or perpetrators. Grief doesn't teach many lessons. The young widower can't appreciate the similarity of his failure to intervene when the four-year-old's life might have been saved to the Las Vegas drone operator's decision not to avert a missile even when he suspected civilians might be in the target area. By setting the story amid the fall of Lehman Brothers and American drone strikes on the Pakistani border, Sheers indicts not only his characters but also the wider culture for the ways in which we shirk culpability. This is less a thriller than a character-driven exploration of the impact of tragedy on individual lives.--Day Ong, Amye Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Accidents -- Fiction.
Grief -- Fiction.
Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Widowers -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Wales -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :[2015]
Edition First United States edition.
Language English
Description 257 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780385529075
0385529074
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