Hag's Head Press - Independent Publishers - Dirty Sky by Marsha Swan

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Out of print.
170 x 170 mm PBK
192 pages
50 b/w photographs
978 0 9546313 1 4



Dirty Sky
tells the story of four characters growing up near a Midwestern slaughterhouse town. Struggling against adolescent discontent and trials both real and imagined, they search together for ways to escape the everyday. Swan's prose shifts between the stark and the strikingly poetic, where the landscape is brought to life as a place of ethereal beauty.

Marsha Swan grew up near Sioux City, Iowa. Dirty Sky is her first novel.

'Swan's dark novel is a compulsive read… [She] has delivered an impressive debut'
Irish Independent

'The writing, sometimes spare, sometimes poetic, simply shines'
Irish Examiner

'A well-written, beautifully produced debut novel about life in a no-beat American town'
Irish Times Magazine

'Swan has a great eye for detail and a deep empathy for her characters… Dirty Sky is a book well worth reading and one that will linger in your mind long after you've finished reading it.'
Totally Dublin

'Beautifully written and unusually illustrated… [Swan's] technique is perfect'
Books Ireland

'an exquisitely written story of teenage frustration in an American mid-western town'
Image magazine

'A clever, troubling novel'
Sunday Business Post



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