In Conversation: Owen Sheers and Matthew Thomas
Tuesday November 3, 2015
Authors Owen Sheers and Matthew Thomas came together to discuss the craft of writing and Sheer's latest novel, I Saw a Man.
About I Saw a Man
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.
Owen Sheers is the author of I Saw a Man. His first novel Resistance has been translated into ten languages and was made into a film in 2011. He has written two collections of poetry, The Blue Book and Skirrid Hill. His non-fiction includes The Dust Diaries and Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby. His plays include The Passion and The Two Worlds of Charlie F. He has been a NYPL Cullman Fellow, Writer in Residence for the Wordsworth Trust and Artist in Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union.
Matthew Thomas's New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Prize and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, nominated for the Folio Prize, and named a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. It was chosen as a Notable Book of the year by the New York Times, and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple, and others. He has a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and an M.F.A. from the University of California-Irvine.