From the acclaimed author of the Booker-nominated The Dark Room: a novel of divided loyalties among a Protestant Irish family, the bitterness that wrenches it apart, and the hard-won understanding necessary for its healing.
Displaced from Ireland during the Troubles, young Stevie's family has been living in Glasgow for decades, but memories are long, and their dark history has stayed with them. His mother, Lindsey, fled Ireland and her dogmatic father only to find her new home haunted by the same religious divisions. Stevie's father, Graham, is keen to build a good life for his wife and child, even as the past and his community start to draw him from them: in a marching band since boyhood, he plays in the annual Protestant Orange Walk through Glasgow, but when his bandmates reveal links to loyalist paramilitaries from Belfast, his marriage and home are threatened, and his young son's life begins to be pulled apart. The Walk Home examines the risk of love, the push and pull of family and community, and the ties that bind you to your past. Without your history, who are you? If you cut your ties, will you cut yourself adrift? Gripping, haunting and, finally, hopeful, this is a sharply evocative tale of one family's struggle to throw off the burden of history.
About the Author
RACHEL SEIFFERT's first novel, The Dark Room, was short-listed for the Booker Prize, won the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize, and was the basis for the acclaimed motion picture Lore. She was one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2003; in 2004, Field Study, her collection of short stories, received an award from PEN Inter-national. Her second novel, Afterwards, was long-listed for the 2007 Orange Prize, and in 2011 she received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her books have been published in eighteen languages. Formerly of Glasgow, she now lives in London with her family.
Praise for The Walk Home…
“An engrossing domestic drama as much about family politics as it is about Northern Irish politics....Seiffert’s writing is both tightly controlled and almost orchestral in its sweep. You feel every emotion deeply, even as you are conscious of Seiffert deliberately drawing these emotions out. It’s a strange but not unpleasant sensation, a bit like observing an operation on yourself while under anesthetic. In this way, Seiffert’s writing feels very unusual, with a rare duality of precise writing and big emotional impact....a rare novel.”
“A brilliantly compelling and powerful work, told in beautiful, lean prose.”