“What does it mean to live in between? Not only between geographical locations, but between health and illness, commitment and freedom, love and loss? In this wry and subtle autobiographical novel, Roger King maps the territory of his inner life onto the American continent.
The genre-crossing result is, like the work of W.G. Sebald, surprising and dazzling.”
—ANDREA BARRETT, winner of the National Book Award
“Why isn’t that Iraqi doctor practicing medicine? Why is he running a popular cafe in London’s Bayswater district? He must be a political refugee, like most of the characters in this timely, entertaining novel about postcolonial migrants trying to survive in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain…
Alarming events are filtered through the mind of the title character in Roger King’s fourth novel, A Girl From Zanzibar— a naïve, ambitious and beautiful young illegal immigrant. Marcella D’Souza is a wonderful invention, a latter-day Candide, an East African on a picaresque voyage of discovery. Her creator specializes in close-up, intimate views of the global economy: the meetings in overheated rooms where the haves decide the fates of the have-nots…
There is no safe haven, this brilliantly prescient novel suggests, and nothing to hold onto. For better or worse, we are all migrants now.”
—Suzanne Ruta in THE NEW YORK TIMES READ MORE
Sea Level is a brilliant and profoundly affecting novel about a man in mid-life struggling to come to terms with his father’s death, the women in his life, and the pain and puzzle of human existence. Moving with extraordinary skill and beauty across continents, between past and present, from inner reality to outer event, it is the story of Bill Bender, a sensual, troubled, imperfect man, and his fraying connections to the people he loves, his work as an international do-gooder, and his London past.
In “this dense, fully conceived novel…one senses the impressive breadth and depth of Mr. King’s intelligence.”
—THE NEW YORKER
“Luminous clarity” —THE GUARDIAN
“Written in taut resonant prose, this is a commmittedly powerful book.”
“The characters come alive at a touch.” —THE LONDON NEWS
“[Horizontal Hotel] will appeal to those who like to be kept guessing, who neither expect not want a novel to flag its style, tone and message from the first page…The African scene, the human groupings within it, are excellently done. All is trembling on the edge of breakdown, yet the writing stays cool; the effect is of a quiet delirium.”
—Norman Schrapnel in THE GUARDIAN