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Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain
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Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
S0004448682 Stu
Adult Fiction General   Griffith . On Loan . 20 Apr 2021
S0007174703 F Stu
Adult Fiction   Hay . On Loan . 30 Mar 2021
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ISBN 9781529019278
Call Number F Stu
Author Stuart, Douglas
Title Shuggie Bain
Publication details London : Picador 2020
Notes Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie’s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good—her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamorous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits—all the family has to live on—on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right,” a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her—even her beloved Shuggie. A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Single mothers -- Fiction Mothers and sons -- Fiction Alcoholism -- Fiction Poverty -- Fiction Children of alcoholics -- Fiction Dysfunctional families -- Fiction Glasgow (Scotland) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction Glasgow (Scotland) -- Fiction
Genre General fiction
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