Sarah Court

ISBN: 9781926851884
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Sarah Court. Meet the residents . . .

The haunted father of a washed-up stuntman. A disgraced surgeon and his son, a broken-down boxer. A father set on permanent self-destruct, and his daughter, a reluctant powerlifter. A fireworks-maker and his daughter. A very peculiar boy and his equally peculiar adopted family.

Five houses. Five families. One block.

Ask yourself: How well do you know your neighbours? How well do you know your own family? Ultimately, how well do you know yourself? How deeply do the threads of your own life entwine with those around you? Do you ever really know how tightly those threads are knotted? Do you want to know?

I know, and can show you. Please, let me show you.

Welcome to Sarah Court: make yourself at home.

Reviews of Sarah Court:

Davidson has a gift for writing about physicality, and violence in particular, with an ecstasy and intimacy that resembles A.S. Byatt on painting or Ray Robertson on music. In his hands a weightlifting accident or boxing match becomes an experience lived rather than described.
Davidson has written a compelling and nuanced horror story about neighbours, those distant beings in close proximity. They may never be as popular as zombies or vampires in the canon of the uncanny, but if the hell of the other is an inextricable part of being human, it's also what frightens us more than anything else.
Davidson smudges the line between comedy and horror, cruelty and mercy. His remarkable stories are challenging and upsetting. Don't look for comfort here.
—Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
There is a strikingly original tone to Mr. Davidson's stories. The prose is spare yet elegant, the insights are fresh and real, and best of all there is a boundless humanity in Mr. Davidson's writing: a love of life that is beautifully woven with an acute sense of its darkness.
—Clive Barker
[A] dark, dense, and often funny collection of intertwined tales . . . for readers who appreciate nonlinear narrative structure, flawed characters often unsure of their own motivations, and an evocative sense of place.
Publishers Weekly
While the subject matter may seem more subdued than explicit and more thoughtful than bluntly terrifying, Davidson slowly reveals an underlying mood that is dark, often depressing and always strangely compelling.
A writer of immense power and surprising, accurate insights.
—Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter
Sarah Court subverts all expectation and plows through labels. It's an endlessly interesting experiment ˜ it is both literary and Gothic, it is both story and novel, and the writing is equally fragmented and fluid.
Davidson remains one of my favorite authors. Pick this up and see why.
Davidson's prose has a swift, raw power . . . There is dark humor here, certainly. But an innate humanity, as well, though it almost seems at times the author tries to hide that fact: festoon it with dark pathos and grind it beneath booted feet.
Craig Davidson has pulled off quite a feat with Sarah Court. He has told us a fascinating tale of interlinking stories, constantly showing us that life is always shades of gray, never just black and white.
. . . there is something about Sarah Court and its residents that strikes close to home—and that might be where the real horror lies.
Each character's flame-out sets off another, and even once the novel ends, the reader comes away with the mushrooming imprint of all the other damage yet to be done.
Davidson’s prose is stark and understated, and that’s what makes this book so powerful.  Without relying on flowery descriptions, Davidson still manages to draw you in and hook you from the beginning. He makes you feel each character’s despair, and he holds nothing back. With elements of dark humor and subtle horror, this is an unforgettable piece of writing.
In Davidson's vividly portrayed, testosterone-fueled world, humans cause enough pain all by themselves.
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Author Info

Craig Davidson is the author of The Preserve (as Patrick Lestewka), Rust and Bone (now a major motion picture starring Marion Cotillard), The Fighter, and Sarah Court (ChiZine Publications, 2010). His next novel is Cataract City (Doubleday, 2013). His nonfiction has appeared in Esquire, The Washington Post, Nerve, Salon, Real Fighter, The London Observer, and elsewhere. Currently, he’s hanging his hat in Toronto, Ontario, where he's an editor at MuscleMag.
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