Today sees the publishing of The Way Inn, the second novel from Will Wiles, author of the acclaimed Care of Wooden Floors. The Way Inn takes the polished surfaces of modern life, the branded coffee and the free wifi, and twists them into a nightmare.
The committee noted how ‘this longlist reflects a trend in debut fiction of bringing contemporary resonance to some traditional heavyweight themes’, and Wiles’ novel is no exception.
A bold and brilliant debut from a darkly funny new voice
‘Highly idiosyncratic, well-written, with a vivid sense of place – compelling.’ Michael Frayn
Oskar is a minimalist composer best known for a piece called Variations on Tram Timetables. He is married to a Californian art dealer named Laura and he lives with two cats, named after Russian composers, in an Eastern European city. But this book isn’t really about Oskar. Oskar is in Los Angeles, having his marriage dismantled by lawyers. He has entrusted an old university friend with the task of looking after his cats, and taking care of his perfect, beautiful apartment.