In Between Days is Andrew Porter’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed short-story collection The Theory of Light and Matter.
Elson is drinking to numb the pain of his broken marriage. His ex-wife lies in a stranger’s bed, lonely and waiting for dawn. Their son Richard, a young gay poet, is stunted by a fear of artistic failure. And then there is Chloe. The daughter. The one in love. The one in trouble with the law. The one on the run.
This is a novel about the vagaries of love and family, about betrayal and forgiveness, about the possibility and impossibility of coming home.
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‘It is impossible not to be drawn into the enthralling plot. Moving between the perspectives of the four family members, Porter skilfully portrays the dysfunction in each of their lives, their longing for the past and uncertainty about the future.’
‘Porter’s fiction is without exception exquisitely crafted; the voices credible and unadorned.’
‘An extraordinarily talented writer. The term ‟beautiful prose” is used too freely but it really does apply here. Unlike many writers who have a love of language, Porter avoids long descriptive passages or the use of arcane words. In the long American tradition traced from Hemingway through Sam Shephard, Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, Porter uses words with great economy. That he does this without any of the heroic machismo of that tradition makes him truly a writer for our times.'
‘Porter’s quiet, mesmerising skill ensures that his protagonists are powerfully inhabitable, the susurrus of history bridling under their skins.’
‘Every story in the debut from Andrew Porter, The Theory of Light and Matter, surprised and seduced me as a reader. He has a crisp, clean, evocative style and a way with clever endings that reminds me of Raymond Carver.’
‘An impressive debut from a writer to watch.'