This Isn't The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You
“Wires” is from Jon McGregor’s new collection, THIS ISN’T THE SORT OF THING THAT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Bloomsbury). McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed IF NOBODY SPEAKS OF REMARKABLE THINGS, SO MANY WAYS TO BEGIN, and EVEN THE DOGS. He is the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and has been twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. “Wires” was runner-up for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011. He lives in Nottingham, England.
The collection has been widely praised:
“Jon McGregor is one of the UK’s most fascinating and versatile writers” – Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
“Jon McGregor’s writing combines dreamy, ethereal poetry with a northern sensibility unafraid to confront devastating truths… McGregor is adept at depicting emotions with unassuming language” – Independent
“This is a book of ominous preludes and chilling aftermaths: the incantatory account of a vacationer at a war-ravaged resort in the minutes before he drowns; the Pinteresque power play of a vicar’s wife whose husband offers shelter to a gallingly manipulative stranger. McGregor stealthily commands our active engagement, scattering crumbs of data for us to pick through, gum-shoe style” – New York Times
“[E]ach tale in this slim, elegant book does something most of us wish would happen to us in real life: it stops us in a humdrum moment and reveals how that small, unnoticed sliver of time can illuminate an entire life” – Oprah.com Book of the Week