Writers Who Read #33

5 September 2021

Shuggie Bain
by Douglas Stuart

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Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

  • Marketing: Coming of Age Fiction, Family Life Fiction, Literary Fiction, TV Movie & Game Tie-In Fiction
  • Genre: Realistic Recent-Past Archplot Long-Form
  • Word count: 155,280; avg. wds/sent.: 12.48
  • Print Pages: 448
  • Reading Level: Grade 7; Lexical Density: 49.01

  • POV: multiple

  • Publish date: February 11, 2020
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Sold By: Grove Atlantic, Inc.
  • Audio book narr.: Angus King (17 hrs, 30 mins)

  • Awards: 2020 Booker Prize; Finalist, 2020 National Book Award
  • Recognition: A Best Book of 2020: NY Times
  • About Douglas Stuart      

  • Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and on LitHub. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.

  • Writing teleplay for Shuggie

  • Second novel, Young Mungo will be published in 2022

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November 7: Inside Story - Martin Amis (UK, 2020)
December 5: Deacon King Kong - James McBride (USA, 2020)

Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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