Mo Said She Was Quirky by James Kelman

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Detail is the rain that makes the soil of a novel imaginatively fertile.
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James Kelman, the Man Booker Prize–winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, tells the story of Helen—a sister, a mother, a daughter—a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky but she is much more than that. Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth, home: these are the ordinary parts of the everyday that become extraordinary when you think of them as Helen does, each waking hour. Mo Said She Was Quirky begins on Helen’s way home from work, with the strangest of moments when a skinny, down-at-heel man crosses the road in front of her and appears to be her lost brother. What follows is an inspired and absorbing story of twenty-four hours in the life of a young woman.
 

About James Kelman

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James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946, left school at the earliest opportunity, and began working life in a factory aged 15. Emigrated with his family to California in 1963, returned to Scotland 1964. Kelman has worked at a variety of jobs ever since. He began writing while living in London aged twenty two and later met Texan writer Mary Gray Hughes. With her support his debut story collection, An Old Pub Near The Angel was published by Puckerbrush Press, Maine, in 1973. His fourth novel, How Late It Was, How Late, won the Booker Prize in 1994. His recent publications include story collections Busted Scotch and If it is your life; and novels, You have to be careful in the Land of the Free, Translated Accounts, and Kieron Smith, boy. Kelman has taught at the University of Texas in Austin, and San José State University, California. He and his wife live in Scotland, not far from their two daughters and two grandchildren.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Other Press. 323 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Mars-Jones on Aug 11 2012

Detail is the rain that makes the soil of a novel imaginatively fertile.

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Reviewed by Alex Clark on Aug 01 2012

What works best in this peculiar but powerful book is its more fabular moments; that tiny bedroom-in-a-cupboard, for example, or the image of a woman peering through the windscreen at the figure of a man she thinks she once knew.

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