Author(s): Jim Crace
A devastated America exists in an imagined future. Its technologies are forgotten, its communities have splintered and its refugees, reversing the course of history, travel eastwards in search of safety and a new start. Among them are Franklin and Margaret, young, bereft, forced together by circumstance; but finding that love, courage and determination can endure even as a country breaks slowly apart.
'Evoking the cracked terrain of a depleted America, Crace proves himself a fine stylist, sensitive to the cadence of every sentence' Financial Times 'Gripping, exciting and oddly romantic' Daily Mail 'Entirely compelling. The story is a gripping, harrowing adventure tale and Crace's language is extraordinary ... The Pesthouse resonates like an unresolved chord' New Statesman 'Remarkably imaginative ... a moving, lyrical novel' Daily Telegraph 'Witty, graceful and haunting ... Crace writes with an oddly lyrical lightness' New York Times
Jim Crace is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including Continent (winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize), Quarantine (winner of the 1998 Whitbread Novel of the Year and shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Being Dead (winner of the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award). He lives in Birmingham.