Sandra Newman and Kamila Shamsie in conversation
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Sandra Newman's new novel imagines a single moment, in every part of the world, where every person with a Y chromosome vanishes: lovers, children, parents – even foetuses from the womb.
Jane Pearson wakes on a mountainside the next morning to find her husband and son missing from their tent. Frantic and grieving, she sets out to find the one person she thinks can help – Evangelyne Moreau, the charismatic leader of the Commensalist Party of America, whose heart she broke many years before.
While Jane searches for those she has lost, a radically different society emerges, one that seems – at first – to be safer than what came before. And then ‘The Men’ appears online: uncanny video footage that shows the missing being herded through bizarre, otherworldly landscapes. Is it a hoax, or could 'The Men' hold the key to bringing back those who were lost? And if so, what might be the cost?
From the author of The Heavens, The Men is a gripping and disquieting novel of impossible sacrifices that will make you question who we are and where we are going.
Sandra Newman is the author of four previous novels; The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award), Cake, The Country of Ice Cream Star (longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Literature) and The Heavens. She co-authored the hugely successful How Not to Write a Novel with Howard Mittelmark. She has also written The Western Lit Survival Kit, Read This Next, and a memoir, Changeling. She lives in New York.
Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels including Home Fire which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and won the London Hellenic Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and her much-anticipated next novel Best of Friends is out in September.
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