UK’s Prestigious ‘Booker Prize’ Goes to Douglas Stuart’s ‘Shuggie Bain’, Autobiographical Novel About the Lonely Gay Son of an Alcoholic Mother
Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart has won Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for the autobiographical novel Shuggie Bain.
The NYT reports: “Early responses from editors were equally discouraging: More than 30 publishers rejected the book. He finally sold it to Grove Atlantic, and the novel, ‘Shuggie Bain,’ drew rapturous reviews. The award, which was announced on Thursday, will likely draw a large new audience to the novel, which came out earlier this year.”
The book’s synopsis via Grove/Atlantic:
“Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings.
“Shuggie’s mother Agnes
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