Year of the Rat
Year of the Rat
A Novel
Marc Anthony Richardson



Winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

Marc Anthony Richardson's Year of the Rat is a poignant and riveting literary debut narrated in an unabashedly exuberant voice.

In Year of the Rat, an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mother only to find himself torn apart by memories and longings. Narrated by this nameless figure whose rants, reveries, and Rabelaisian escapades take him on a Dantesque descent into himself, the story follows him and his mother as they share a one-bedroom apartment over the course of a year.

Despite his mother's precarious health, the lingering memories of a lost love, an incarcerated sibling, a repressed sexuality, and an anarchic inability to support himself, he pursues his dream of becoming an avant-garde artist. His prospects grow dim until a devastating death provides a painful and unforeseeable opportunity. With a voice that is poetic and profane, ethereal and irreverent, cyclical and succinct, he roams from vignette to vignette, creating a polyphonic patchwork quilt of a family portrait.

Title Year of the Rat
Subtitle A Novel
Author Marc Anthony Richardson
Publisher Fiction Collective 2
Title First Published 26 September 2016
ONIX Adult Audience Rating      01 Any adult audience
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 236 p.
ISBN-10 1573660574
ISBN-13 9781573660570
Publication Date 26 September 2016
Main content page count 236
Weight 16 oz.
 


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