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Mo said she was quirky is a new novel by Booker prizewinner James Kelman.
Her boyfriend said she was quirky but it was more than that. Some things were important in life. You had to fight for them. Helen was prepared for that - only she wasn't as strong as people thought. Working nightshift as a dealer in a London casino didn't help. Her young daughter at home in bed - just how safe was she? The gamblers staring you down, night after night after night. Then on the way home from work this tall, skinny, down-at-heel guy crossed the road in front of her taxi. Brian? Her long-lost brother? How could it be?
Twenty-four hours in the life of Helen, an ordinary young woman - as ordinary, as unique, as each and every one of us.
Praise for Mo said she was quirky:
'A charming and often tender book. A small gem of a novel from one of our greatest living writers' TimeOut
'What is remarkable about Mo said she was quirky is its gentleness, its compassion, its desire to understand, its art' Herald
'A brilliant novel . . . The sort of threadbare life lived by Helen is so rarely given any unsentimental coverage in fiction that . . . Kelman may have written his most important novel yet. This should be the lead item on everyone's summer reading list' Independent
'Absorbing, affecting . . . Helen is a character drawn with a rare empathy and patience . . . Kelman's dialogue is minimal but acute' Financial Times
'Sad, tender . . . Kelman is not a growling and sanctimonious stereotype, but a bitter-sweet laureate of decency' Stuart Kelly, The Times
'An urgent, compassionate, mesmerising reflection of our present moment' Independent on Sunday
James Kelman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His story collections include Greyhound for Breakfast, The Burn, The Good Times and most recently If it is your life. His novel How late it was, how late won the 1994 Booker Prize. Other novels include Translated Accounts, You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free and Kieron Smith, boy. In 2009 and 2011 James Kelman was shortlisted for the MAN Booker International Prize. Mo said she was quirky was the Saltire Society Book of the Year for 2012.
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"Plunging into a novel by James Kelman is like diving head-first into a chilly lake. It's a shock to your system at first, and a bit disorienting, but the trick is to keep moving. Once your muscles get warmed up and you get your bearings, the experience is exhilarating."--"The Baltimore Sun
""Kelman masters poetic stream of consciousness with bleak but sometimes tender images, tugging at the bonds of blood versus the families we choose to make for ourselves. The author expertly explores how far we will go for those we love, even if they've already been lost to us for years, and what happens when the past we have run so far from seeps regardless into our present."--"Interview Magazine
.".".a fascinating character study..."--"Midwest Book Review
.."."here's hoping this restless and inventive novel raises [Kelman's] profile stateside."--"The New York Times Book Review"
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