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Orchid & the Wasp

Release date: 7 March 2019
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A gem of a novel’ Elle A winning debut’ The New Yorker Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.’ Anth... Read More

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A gem of a novel Elle

A winning debut The New Yorker

Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.’ Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See

WINNER OF THE COLLYER BRISTOW PRIZE

Orchids are liars.

They use pheromones to lure wasps in to become unwitting pollinators. In nature, such exploitative systems are rare. In society, they are everywhere.

Gael fuss is a heroine of mythic proportions. Raised in Dublin by single-minded, careerist parents, she learns from an early age how ideals and ambitions can be compromised. When her father walks out during the 2008 crash, her family falls apart. Determined to build a life-raft for her loved ones, Gael sets off for London and New York, proving how little it takes to game the system - but is it really exploitation if the loser isn't aware of what he's losing?

Written in electric, heart-stopping prose, Orchid & the Wasp is a dazzlingly original novel about gigantic ambitions and social upheaval, chewing through sexuality, class and politics with joyful, anarchic fury, announcing Caoilinn Hughes as a rising star of literary fiction.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BUTLER LITERARY AWARD * SHORTLISTED FOR THE HEARST BIG BOOK AWARDS 2019 * LONGLISTED FOR THE AUTHORS' CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD * LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2020

Product Details

Title: Orchid & the Wasp
Author: Caoilinn Hughes
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
SKU: BK0484477
EAN: 9781786074997
Number Of Pages: 352
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 7 March 2019

About Author

Caoilinn Hughes is the author of Orchid & the Wasp, which won the Collyer Bristow Prize and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, and The Wild Laughter, which won the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award and was longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. She was recently the Oscar Wilde Centre Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and will be a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library for 2023-2024.

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