Communion Town

by Sam Thompson

A city in ten chapters.Every city is made of stories: stories that intersect and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters.In this city an asylum seeker struggles to begin a new life, while a folk musician pays with a broken heart for a song and a butcher learns the secrets of theslaughterhouse.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.1 out of 5
  • Published July 5th 2012 by Fourth Estate
  • Original Title: Communion Town: A City in Ten Chapters
  • ISBN: 0007454767 (ISBN13: 9780007454761)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2012)

A city in ten chapters.Every city is made of stories: stories that intersect and diverge, stories of the commonplace and the strange, of love and crime, of ghosts and monsters.In this city an asylum seeker struggles to begin a new life, while a folk musician pays with a broken heart for a song and a butcher learns the secrets of the slaughterhouse. A tourist strays into a baffling ritual and a child commits an incalculable crime; private detectives search the streets for their archenemies and soulmates and, somewhere in the shadows, a figure which might once have been human waits to tell its tale.Communion Town is a city in ten chapters: a place imagined differently by each citizen, mixing the everyday with the gothic and the uncanny; a place of voices half-heard, sights half-glimpsed and desires half-acknowledged. It is a virtuosic first novel from a young writer of true talent.