My dear friend and long time writing buddy, Anthony Ferner, launched his debut novel, Winegarden, on Sunday. I was lucky enough to be one of the early readers and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is small and perfectly formed.
Winegarden recounts episodes in the life of Jacob Winegarden, an agnostic Jewish professor of theoretical physics whose speciality is ‘thought experimentation’. A burly, vague, distracted man, a fan of popular films such as Toy Story and Fantastic Voyage, Jacob is still forlornly infatuated with his enigmatic wife, Miriam . . . Moving backwards and forwards in time and touching on different parts of Winegarden’s life and thoughts, the stories are designed to fit together as a novella. Together they tell a larger personal story of grief and survival, the ambivalence and persistence of love, and the meaning of being Jewish. (via Holland Park Press).
If you like cats (particularly Schrödinger’s), theoretical physics and impeccable writing – buy this book.