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Hawthorn and Child

Author: 
Keith Ridgway
Publisher(s): 
Granta, London
New Directions, New York
Publication Date: 
2012-07
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"Certainty is the enemy of understanding. And I want what I write to be attempts at understanding. So I am filled with uncertainty about everything that seems to happen in anything I write. It’s very difficult to get that on to the page without either inducing a sort of crisis of perception for myself, or worse, boring the reader. So I’m not lulling, there’s no ‘false’. I don’t know what’s going on. I want to know if Hawthorn is going to be OK. But I have no idea whether he will be or not. Or whether I really care. I’m not sure I like him very much. He’s sort of pathetic. But the important thing for me, as the writer of this, is that he feels like he might be a real character, in the sense that he embodies emotions and attitudes and failures and neuroses that we are familiar with. And he’s a creep. A self-pitying creep. Which is what most of us I think fear that we are."

- Keith Ridgway, in interview

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Keith Ridgway has published novels, short stories, and a novella.  Hawthorn and Child revolves around two London Met police detectives.  Sections of the novel had initially been published as short stories - "Goo Book" in The New Yorker, and "Rothko Eggs," which won the 2012 O. Henry award, by Zoetrope.  

Cover image of Hawthorn and Child
Publisher(s):
Granta, London