Communion Town by Sam Thompson
A City in Ten Chapters

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The danger with this kind of pastiche is that it can become a form of literary homeopathy...While Communion Town sometimes seems willing to acknowledge that danger, it never quite succeeds in overcoming it.
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The Man Booker-longlisted novel explores how each of us conjures up our own city. Every city is made of stories: stories that meet and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters. The iridescent, Man Booker longlisted Communion Town is reminiscent of David Mitchell's Ghostwritten and Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, it is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice: a place imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the changing streets among voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged. This is the story of a city.
 

About Sam Thompson

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Sam Thompson was born in London in 1978, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. He writes for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. He lives in Oxford with his wife and son.
 
Published December 3, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Purdon on Sep 08 2012

The danger with this kind of pastiche is that it can become a form of literary homeopathy...While Communion Town sometimes seems willing to acknowledge that danger, it never quite succeeds in overcoming it.

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