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About Douglas Stuart
His debut novel, Shuggie Bain, won the 2020 Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. It won the Book of The Year at the British Book Awards and The Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Shuggie Bain was also a finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize, The Kirkus Prize, The Orwell Prize, The Pen Hemingway Award, The McKitterick Prize and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction First novel prize.
Douglas wrote Shuggie Bain over a ten year period and is currently at work on his second novel. His short stories, Found Wanting, and The Englishman, were both published in The New Yorker magazine. His writing on Gender, Anxiety and Poverty can be found on Lit Hub.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he is a graduate of The Royal College of Art, and since 2000 he has lived and worked in New York City.
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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.
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Glasgow, années 1980, sous le règne de fer de Margaret Thatcher. Agnes Bain rêvait d'une belle maison bien à elle, d'un jardin et d'un homme qui l'aime. À la place, son dernier mari la lâche dans un quartier délabré de la ville où règnent le chômage et la pauvreté. Pour fuir l'avenir bouché, les factures qui s'empilent, la vie quotidienne en vrac, Agnes va chercher du réconfort dans l'alcool, et, l'un après l'autre, parents, amants, grands enfants, tous les siens l'abandonnent pour se sauver eux-mêmes. Un seul s'est juré de rester, coûte que coûte, de toute la force d'âme de ses huit ans. C'est Shuggie, son dernier fils. Il lui a dit un jour : « Je t'aime, maman. Je ferai n'importe quoi pour toi. » Mais Shuggie peine d'autant plus à l'aider qu'il doit se battre sur un autre front : malgré ses efforts pour paraître normal, tout le monde a remarqué qu'il n'était pas « net ». Harcèlement, brimades, injures, rien ne lui est épargné par les brutes du voisinage. Agnes le protégerait si la bière n'avait pas le pouvoir d'effacer tous ceux qui vous entourent, même un fils adoré. Mais qu'est-ce qui pourrait décourager l'amour de Shuggie ?
Shuggie Bain est un premier roman fracassant qui signe la naissance d'un auteur. Douglas Stuart décrit sans détour la cruauté du monde et la lumière absolue.