The Dig (Paperback)
Coffee House Press, 9781566893930, 176pp.
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
"Jones's sense of place is acute, and his passion for the landscape--for its colors, its creatures, its textures, its scents--is absolutely magnetic."--Sarah Waters
"A dark, tense, and vital short novel. . . . Profound, powerful, and utterly absorbing."--The Guardian
"It is a book about the essentials: life and death, cruelty and compassion. It is a book that will get in your bones, and haunt you."--Daily Telegraph
"Cynan Jones's fourth novel, The Dig, is an extraordinarily powerful work--not in spite of its brevity but because of it. . . . In its marriage of profound lyricism and feeling for place, deep human compassion and unflinching savagery, this brief and beautiful novel is utterly unique."--Financial Times
Built of the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a farmer struggling through lambing season, The Dig unfolds in a stark rural setting where man, animal, and land are at loggerheads. There is no bucolic pastoral here: this is pure, pared-down rural realism, crackling with compressed energy, from a writer of uncommon gifts.
Cynan Jones was born near Aberaeron, Wales, in 1975. He is the author of three novels, The Long Dry (winner of a Betty Trask Award, 2007), Everything I Found on the Beach (2011), and The Dig (2014), winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. He is also the author of Bird, Blood, Snow (2012), the retelling of a medieval Welsh myth. The Dig is his first novel published in the United States.