One To Watch in 2019.
Junior and Henrietta are a quiet married couple. They live a comfortable, isolated 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 surprising 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, Hen won’t have a chance to miss him at all, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Hen will have company. Familiar company.
I was such a huge fan of “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” which was scary and beautiful and thought provoking and left me dazed for days that I entered into “Foe” with not some little trepidation.
I was both delighted and perturbed (because here we go again) to find that Foe was simply another incredible piece of writing from Iain Reid – different themes but the same quirky, unsettling vibe, the same ability to mess with sense and perception, to leave you as a reader feeling nervy yet challenged in your thinking.
What this author does best, a bit like the King, is to imbue the most innocuous seeming narrative with a feeling of menace, the thought that there is something there just out of reach, waiting to pounce. Foe is absolutely immersive, plays on your mind and ultimately asks a very human question, one that digs deep into our sense of self and our perception of others.
It was a fascinating premise to wrap that question up in, the rythym of the storytelling is unique, the sense of place divinely executed and the characters are both odd yet undeniably real.
I won’t say more. Foe, like I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is a small, beautiful literary delight, poetically crafted and wonderfully thoughtful.
Loved it. I’m following this author for the rest of my life. Done deal.