'There was a new beginning. He felt it everywhere, in the sweep of change, in the simple pronouncement of 'Yes we can!" It's 2008 and Norman Price - a moderately successful forty-something playwright living in Chicago - considers the shuddering impact of the financial crash.
What's needed, he thinks, is the will for a new existence.
When his parents die, one shortly after the other, The New Existence becomes Norman's mantra as he tries to recalibrate his own shaken world.
Into Norman's tentative re-building, a couple of bombshells are dropped.
His parents' old house has to go on the market, forcing him to revisit the past. And then he receives a mysterious email from a man he has never met but whose name is instantly, painfully, familiar.
Norman's new existence is suddenly threatened by past secrets.
Michael Collins takes post 9/11 America as the background for a deeply moving novel about complex identities and the fragility of humanity.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 01/07/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781784974947