Mike McCormack - Getting It in the Head & Crowe's Requiem

Tuesday, April 6, 1pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Irish Book of the Year Award and Man Booker Prize nominated
Mike McCormack,
who will discuss his new collection of short stories, 
Getting It in the Head
on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on April 6.
McCormack will be in conversation with NYU Professor John P. Waters.
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About Getting It in the Head
The acclaimed debut from the author of Booker-listed Solar Bones is a dark, uncanny collection of stunning breadth and audacity.

In this gothic, virtuoso debut collection, Mike McCormack dispenses nightmares both stylish and macabre. "A Is for Ax" offers an alphabetized account of the killing of a parent, while the title story tracks a chilling sibling rivalry. Others tell of a quiz on the road to Calvary, a door-to-door saleswoman trafficking in strange and menacing feats, and a self-mutilating artist pushing himself to the limit. These sly and dangerous stories, balanced on a knife's edge between life and death, showcase a young writer's mastery of wicked formal play.

New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

Funny, fantastical tales that trample inventively on the toes of sanctimonious news media, provincial pride and the 20th century itself.
--The New York Times Book Review

Sharp as knives, mixing tongue-in-cheek bog Gothic with metaphysical flourishes and lashings of ultraviolence.
--The Guardian

About Crowe's Requiem

The first novel from the author of Booker-listed Solar BonesCrowe's Requiem is a dark fable that cemented Mike McCormack's position as a stunning new voice in world literature.

McCormack's myth-tinged debut novel gives us the unforgettable Crowe and his endlessly curious and self-mythologizing stories. Crowe is born in the remote village of Furnace in the West of Ireland and raised by his grandfather, a man of "madness and bullying love," who teaches him grim lessons about existence. Entirely silent until his third birthday, Crowe becomes an observant and isolated teenager, eventually leaving Furnace for a large and bewildering city. There he meets a woman who will change his life and outlook, and also finds himself diagnosed with a rare and fatal aging disease. A profound, philosophical, and darkly funny meditation on childhood and the nature of life and death, Crowe's Requiem challenges us with the power of stories to capture the pains, wonders, and mysteries of being a person in a "wrong world."

"The novel's heart is a beautiful love story, the kind that takes place in a room--two people whose love and desire become their transportation to all kinds of understanding. But for all its magical realism, Crowe's Requiem contains a very realistic magic: It makes you want to ask questions of ordinary people you meet, questions about living and dying, in case they are your guardian angels in disguise."
--Los Angeles Times

"A well-imagined first novel . . . Crowe's Requiem--through its marvelous portrait of the hero's grandfather, and scenes of student life, including romance--is rooted firmly in the heart."
--The Irish Times


About the Speakers

Mike McCormack is an award-winning novelist and short story writer from County Mayo in Ireland. His previous work includes Forensic SongsNotes from a Coma, which was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award; Crowe's Requiem; and Solar Bones, which was a Times (UK) Best Book of the Year, won the Goldsmiths Prize, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Galway.
John P. Waters is Clinical Associate Professor In Irish Studies, Department of English at New York University.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 1:00pm
Getting It in the Head: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641292252
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Soho Press - April 6th, 2021

Crowe's Requiem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641292276
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Soho Press - April 6th, 2021