"A witty and sentient writer"--LA Times
"Wilkins can command a breathtakingly supple literary style"--The New York Times
1928: Thomas Hardy is dying in the upstairs room of Max Gate, the house he built in his beloved Dorset. Downstairs, his literary friends are locked in a bitter fight with local supporters. Who owns Hardy's remains? Who knew him best? What are the secrets of Max Gate?
Housemaid Nellie Titterington narrates this earthy and emotionally-charged novel about ambition, duty, belonging, and love.
Damien Wilkins is the author of seven novels, including the New Zealand Book Award-winning The Miserables.
Damien Wilkins: Damien Wilkins is one of New Zealand's leading writers, the author of seven novels, including the New Zealand Book Award-winning The Miserables, and The Fainter, which was shortlisted for both the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In 2013 he became the Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. Wilkins completed his MFA at Washington University and won a Whiting Award in 1992.