Shuggie Bain

A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

    • 4.3 • 627 Ratings
    • $9.99
    • $9.99

Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A stunning debut novel by a masterful writer telling the heartwrenching story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother, whose love is only matched by her pride.

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 walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good—her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamorous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits—all the family has to live on—on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right,” a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her—even her beloved Shuggie.

A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
February 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grove Atlantic
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Fladaddy ,

Very tough

Tough depressing realistic book. If you’re from an alcoholic family you could tell a similar story- I know I can. The writing is unique but this was too familiar to me and I had to push through it.

MamaBell2 ,

So sad

This book was heartbreaking.

AnnieMac3 ,

Amazing, but sad, read!!

Donald Stuart is a gifted writer,

More Books by Douglas Stuart

2014
2010
2009
2004
2017
2017

Customers Also Bought

2020
2021
2018
2021
2021
2018