I Saw a Man (Hardcover)

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The book opens with the arresting image of a man slipping into the back door of his neighbor's seemingly empty house on Hampstead Heath. The man is Michael, and his neighbors are Josh and Samantha Nelson and their two young daughters. Josh and Samantha have welcomed Michael's friendship in part to ease the tension of a faltering marriage. Michael has recently moved from Wales to London after his wife, a war correspondent, is killed in Pakistan. His grief is subterranean but etches his life in unpredictable ways. At the end of the chapter, we're left with a feeling of foreboding and a compulsion to turn the pages. What is the nature of redemption after an accidental but grievous injury is done? With all of the heartache each character experiences, their search for redemption is as individual as each heart. We are left with hope that it's possible to make amends in thoughtful and meaningful ways.

— Pat


An utterly stunning novel of love, loss, the insidious nature of secrets, and the transformative power of words. I Saw a Man fulfills the promise of Owen Sheers's acclaimed novel, Resistance.

When journalist Caroline Marshall dies while on assignment in Pakistan, her grief-stricken husband, Michael, leaves their cottage in Wales and returns to London. He quickly develops a friendship with his neighbors, Josh and Samantha Nelson, and their two young daughters. Michael's becoming close with the family marks the beginning of a long healing process.

But Michael's period of recovery comes to an abrupt end when a terrible accident brings the burden of a shattering secret into his life. How will Michael bear the agonizing weight of guilt as he navigates persistent doubts on the path to attempted redemption? The answer, revealed poignantly in Sheers' masterly prose, is eloquent, resonant, and completely unforgettable.

About the Author

Owen Sheers is a poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into ten languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean nonfiction narrative, won the Welsh Book of the Year Award. His awards for poetry and drama include the Somerset Maugham Award for Skirrid Hill, the Hay Festival Medal for Poetry and Welsh Book of the Year Award for Pink Mist, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for his play The Two Worlds of Charlie F. He lives in Wales with his wife and daughter. He has been a New York Public Library Cullman Fellow and is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385529075
ISBN-10: 0385529074
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English