A man is booted out of his home after his wife discovers that the sweat-smudged footprint on the inside of his windscreen doesn't match her own.
Teenage cousins, drugged by summer, meet with a reckoning in the woods.
A boy runs off to the carnival after his stepfather bites him in a brawl.
In the stories of Wells Tower, families fall apart and messily, hilariously try to reassemble themselves.
His characters - marauding Vikings, washed-up entrepreneurs, and jobbing hacks on local papers - are adrift from the mainstream, confused by contemporary masculinity, angry and aimless.
Combining electric prose with compassion and dark wit, this is a major debut.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 01/04/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847081209