Foe: A Novel (Paperback)

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Reid's second novel is a one-of-a-kind psychological mystery. The story takes place in the future on an isolated farm. We don't know much about this possibly dystopian world except for the hints we get from our main characters, Junior and Henrietta. They live a quiet life together away from society, until one day a mysterious man, Terrance, shows up and informs them that Junior has won a special kind of lottery (that he didn't even enter) and he may be chosen to participate in a test group that will be sent to live in space for a trial period. Junior and Henrietta react with a reluctant acquiescence that seems strange, and you can't help but think that we are not being given the full picture. This is a deeply personal story of their relationship with an eerie backdrop of the unknown. I was tempted to go back and read some parts again once I finally figured out what was going on!

— Sharon


Foe is a tale of implacably mounting peril that feels all the more terrifying for being told in such a quiet, elegantly stripped-down voice. Iain Reid knows how to do ‘ominous’ as well as anyone I’ve ever read.” —Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan

A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

We don’t get visitors. Not out here. We never have.

In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm...very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won't be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.

Told in Reid’s sharp and evocative style, Foe examines the nature of domestic relationships, self-determination, and what it means to be (or not to be) a person. An eerily entrancing page-turner, it churns with unease and suspense from the first words to its shocking finale.

About the Author

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writing and directing a film based on the novel, which Reid will co-produce. His second novel, Foe, was an instant bestseller and feature film rights have been acquired by Anonymous Content, with Reid set to executive produce. Follow him on Twitter @Reid_Iain.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501127441
ISBN-10: 1501127446
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English