The Gloaming a novel by Melanie Finn published by Two Dollar Radio

1st Printing Features: Trade paper, Gatefold

The Gloaming

a novel by
Melanie Finn


$ 12.75 $ 16.99

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    The Guardian's "Not the Booker Prize" Shortlist.
    * Publishers Weekly's 'Big Indie Books of Fall 2016'

      "A propulsive literary thriller. Finn, who writes with a psychological acuity that rivals Patricia Highsmith's, switches between Europe and Africa in tense alternating chapters, rewarding close attention. The book is terrific... subtle and thrilling. Remarkably well-paced and well-written... Don't expect to be able to set this book down or forget its haunted characters."
      Kirkus Reviews, *starred* review

      "I rarely get as invested in the outcome of a novel as I did reading The Gloaming, but the empathies that Melanie Finn evokes in this powerful and unpredictable book are not casual; these traumas could be our own. These characters could be us. And so, the themes are familiar and unyielding: Pain. The past. That flyspeck point of convergence where they meet. The regrettable inevitability of everything that passes after that. And shame. Her prose is hypnotic and knife-precise and at times so beautiful it’s unnerving. I didn’t read this book so much as I experienced it and it will haunt me for a very, very long time."
      —Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times-bestselling author of Hausfrau


      Synopsis

      In rich, compelling prose, Melanie Finn perfectly captures a world of consequences, and the characters who must survive them. Pilgrim Jones' husband has just left her for another woman, stranding her in a small Swiss town where she is one day involved in a tragic car accident that leaves 3 school-children dead. Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt, she alights for Africa, where she befriends a series of locals each with their own tragic past, each isolated in their own private way in the remote Tanzanian outpost.

      Mysteriously, the remains of an albino African appear packaged in a box, spooking everyone—sign of a curse placed by a witch doctor—though its intended recipient is uncertain. Pilgrim volunteers to rid the town of the box and its contents, though wherever she goes, she can't shake the feeling that she's being followed.

      The Gloaming is a thrilling, haunting new work of guilt, atonement, and finally, hope.



      The Gloaming by Melanie Finn =

      The Gloaming by Melanie Finn = J.M. Coetzee + Graham Greene + Mystery

      * In most cases, none of these writers endorse this book. Our math formulas are supposed to be amusing anecdotes, similar to shelf-talkers in bookstores that say "If you like X, you might enjoy Y," or "This Book is like Cormac McCarthy writing an episode of Saved by the Bell with a soundtrack by Philip Glass."

      Reviews

      "An intense and clever literary thriller."
      Largehearted Boy

      "[The Gloaming is] intense, raw, a story less about moving on with ones’ life than learning how to live aware of life’s messy, connective tissues. And of course, it’s a testament to the striking writing of its author, Melanie Finn."
      Weird Sister

      "Finn’s sure-footed prose, an intricate, clever plot, and the novel’s powerful examination of cultural divides enrich this story, leading up to its shocking, brilliant conclusion as Pilgrim and the others search for salvation in an unforgiving land."
      Publishers Weekly

      "Intense, impressive... Told with force, and bracing directness... It's a book that smashes into you."
      The Guardian

      "A thought-provoking novel... deftly set in a world of mercenaries, philanthropists and witch doctors in polyester suits, the book asks how one atones for atrocity."
      Tatler

      "There's an eerie, existential quality about Melanie Finn’s new novel... A paean to a magical continent of silent forests, slow, dark rivers, wild green mangroves; a world populated by child ghosts, haunted whites and AK-47-toting rebels. It is through this heart of darkness, a landscape rich in possibilities, that Pilgrim stumbles towards the light."
      New Zealand Herald

      "Full of empathy and intelligence... The ending is startlingly optimistic and very moving."
      Sydney Morning Herald

      "Compelling."
      The Australian

       

       

      Author

      Melanie Finn author of The Gloaming published by Two Dollar Radio

      Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age 11, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. After studying journalism at NYU, she worked as a freelance journalist and screenwriter for twenty years, living and working in six different countries. In 2004, her first novel, Away From You was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, the wildlife filmmaker Matt Aeberhard, moved to a remote region of Tanzania to make DisneyNature’s beautiful, haunting flamingo epic, The Crimson Wing. During the filming, Melanie became the medic to the local Masai community and established The Natron Healthcare Project. She now lives on a hill in Vermont with Matt, their twin daughters, three Tanzanian mutts and two very old horses.

      Sneak Peek

      Enjoy a sneak peek read of The Gloaming here, on Issuu, and get a serious look inside the book:

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      LIST PRICE: $16.99
      PAGES: 318
      PRINT ISBN: 978-1-937512-47-7
      DIGITAL ISBN: 978-1-937512-54-5
      RELEASE DATE: 9/13/2016
      SIZE: 5.5" x 7.5"

      Printed in Canada by Marquis, with the following environmental statement:
      *Inside printed on Enviro 100% post-consumer EcoLogo certified paper, processed chlorine free and manufactured using biogas energy.
      *FSC certified paper (inside and cover).
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