Join us for a dual release party for Cove, by Cynan Jones, and Restless Souls, by Dan Sheehan, with interviewer Minna Proctor.
Cove, the latest novel by Cynan Jones, begins at sea, where a man is struck by lightning. When he wakes, injured and adrift on a kayak, his memory of who he is and how he came to be there is all but shattered. Now he must pit himself against the pain and rely on his instincts to get back to shore, and to the woman he dimly senses waiting for his return. With its taut narrative and its wincingly visceral portrait of a man locked in an uneven struggle with the forces of nature, this is a powerful new work from one of the most distinctive voices in British fiction.
Dan Sheehan's debut novel, Restless Souls, follows a veteran of the Bosnian war, Tom, returning to Dublin after three years embedded in the Siege in Sarajevo. His childhood friends Karl and Baz know they're comically unqualified to help him but are determined to see him through the darkness. So they embark on a journey for an unlikely cure, to an experimental Californian PTSD clinic called Restless Souls. But as they try to save Tom from his memories, they must confront their own—of what happened to Gabriel, their fourth childhood friend.
Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, Wales in 1975. He is the author of three novels, The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award, 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach (2011), and The Dig (2014), a chapter of which was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times/ EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. He is also the author of Bird, Blood, Snow (2012), the retelling of a medieval Welsh myth.
Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, Electric Literature, and Literary Hub, among others. He lives in New York, where he is the Book Marks editor at Literary Hub and a contributing editor at Guernica Magazine, and was a recipient of the 2016 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship.
Minna Zallman Proctor is a writer, critic, and translator from Italian, and the editor in chief of The Literary Review. New books include the memoir Landslide: True Stories, a translation of Fleur Jaeggy's These Possible Lives, and an autobiography collaboration with soprano Bethany Beardslee, I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth Century Music.