by David Park
A bold and unsettling parable about guilt, atonement and redemption from the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 'It is time to call David Park what he is - a very great writer' FRANK McGUINESS 'David Park is a one of Ireland's great novelists' RODDY DOYLE 'A writer's writer of great skill' JOHN BOYNE 'If you want to know what great writing is, it's right here' NIALL McMONAGLE Michael has travelled a long way from his boyhood under the endless skies of the Midwest. His retirement is peaceful, if solitary. But one day there is a visitation: a mysterious car on the seafront, and a package delivered. From its contents, Michael understands that he has been commissioned to undertake a final journey. As Michael makes his way deep into a distant desert - a strange and liminal landscape that lies between hell and redemption - he undertakes another journey, into long-suppressed memories: of Vietnam and the dying days of war, and to face a final accounting for what was done. Taut, atmospheric and moving, Spies in Canaan is a powerful elegy to the pain of love, the guilt of old age, and the grace of atonement.
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Date of Publication: 06/05/2022