Author: Caleb Klaces
Staff Pick: "Blending poetry and prose, in his luminous debut novel Caleb Klaces tries to find a language to explore the time-bending experience of becoming a new father. A couple move out of the city after the birth of their first child. The father (who is also the narrator), is trying to write a novel while looking after the needs of the baby. He achieves a kind of borderless communion with his daughter, until she begins to speak. He discovers that their house is built on a floodplain and his quiet contentment turns to an inexplicable rage as he struggles to understand who or what it is he feels that he needs to protect her from. It’s a beautiful and moving novel, full of wry insight. It’ll warm your heart this Christmas!"