Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart is a Scottish-American author. His New York Times-bestselling debut novel Shuggie Bain won the 2020 Booker Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It also won two British Book Awards, including Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Kirkus Prize, as well as several other literary awards. Stuart’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker and Literary Hub. Born in Glasgow, he has an MA from the Royal College of Art in London. Since 2000, he has lived and worked in New York City.

Twitter: @doug_d_stuart

Stuart writes beautifully, with marvelous attunement to the poetry in the unlovely and the mundane.” The New York Times


Shuggie Bain

<span style="font-weight: 400;">A stunning debut novel by a masterful writer telling the heart wrenching story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother, whose love is only matched by her pride.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Shuggie's mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good–her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamorous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion's share of each week's benefits–all the family has to live on–on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes's older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is "no right," a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her–even her beloved Shuggie.</span>

<span style="font-weight: 400;">A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love,Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span>

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<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">   </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">How ‘Shuggie Bain’ Became This Year’s Breakout Novel </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">-</span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The New York Times </span></i></a></li>
<li><span style="font-weight: 400;">   </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart review – lithe, revelatory debu</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">t – </span><a href=""><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guardian</span></i></a></li>

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Young Mungo

Born under different stars, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in the hyper-masculine and violently sectarian world of Glasgow's housing estates. They should be sworn enemies if they're to be seen as men at all, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds. As they find themselves falling in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo works especially hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold.

But the threat of discovery is constant and the punishment unspeakable. When Mungo's mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland with two strange men whose drunken banter belies murky pasts, he will need to summon all his inner strength and courage to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.

Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in literary fiction, Douglas Stuart's <em>Young Mungo</em> is a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the push and pull of family, the violence faced by so many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.

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<strong>BE CURIOUSER </strong>
<li><strong>A Booker Prize Winner Takes on First Love and – Just Maybe – Hope. </strong><a href="">-<em>The New York Times</em></a></li>
<li><strong>Douglas Stuart finds beauty in horrible things in “Young Mungo.” </strong><a href=""><em>-The Toronto Star</em></a></li>

ALL EVENTS WITH Douglas Stuart

7 PM
An Evening with Douglas Stuart
Sep 29 @ 7 PM MT - 8:15 PM MT

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library

800 3 Street SE