A bold and unsettling parable about guilt, atonement and redemption from the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award
‘A bold and unsettling parable about guilt, atonement and redemption’ IRISH TIMES
‘Unflinching, courageous, wise, alert to the thrill and sorrow of violence … Adds to David Park’s status as a superb novelist’ FRANK MCGUINNESS
‘One of the finest writers on this island’ IRISH EXAMINER
Michael has travelled a long way from his boyhood under the endless skies of the Midwest. His retirement is peaceful, if solitary. But one day there is a visitation: a mysterious car on the seafront, and a package delivered. From its contents, Michael understands that he has been commissioned to undertake a final journey.
As Michael makes his way deep into a distant desert – a strange and liminal landscape that lies between hell and redemption – he undertakes another journey, into long-suppressed memories: of Vietnam and the dying days of war, and to face a final accounting for what was done.
Taut, atmospheric and moving, Spies in Canaan is a powerful elegy to the pain of love, the guilt of old age, and the grace of atonement.