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Pity, Andrew McMillan's debut novel, delves into male identity, sexuality, and the impact of history and politics on working-class towns in South Yorkshire.
"Pity is a book about male identity and sexuality whether anxiously concealed or proudly open and about the ravages of history and politics, most significantly on the working-class towns and cities of South Yorkshire such as Barnsley and Sheffield."
The novel incorporates various perspectives, including middle-aged brothers, a young couple, and fieldnotes from visiting academics studying urban memory. It also includes recurring italicized elements that provide a rhythmic narrative of miners leaving for work.
"There are also regular incantations of the pitch-dark past in a recurring, rhythmic account of a group of miners leaving for work one day at dawn. The street rolling on endlessly, like a runaway train."
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