The New Fiction Bundle includes Naoise Dolan’s Exciting Times, Jenny Offill’s Weather and Sarah Bernstein’s The Coming Bad Days.
When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents’ money, it’s called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she’s not sure what to call it, but it involves: a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children; Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room; Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks; money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections. Exciting Times ensue.
In Weather, Jenny Offill distills all our contemporary fears into one brilliant, funny and terrifying novel. Convinced that Doomsday is coming, protagonist Lizzie begins to overthink and obsess over preparing for the end. The apocalypse has never been this enjoyable.
Reminiscent of Thomas Bernhard, Rachel Cusk and Gwendoline Riley, The Coming Bad Days is a penetrating portrait of feminine vulnerability and cruelty. It announces the arrival of a startling new voice in fiction: intelligent, brutal, sure, and devastatingly funny.
The book bundle comes beautifully wrapped in brown craft paper and a green Daunt Books ribbon, making it a perfect gift.