Jenni Fagan, author of The Panopticon, on tour August/September 2013

Posted By on June 27, 2013

The Panopticon -JacketAbout The Panopticon

Publisher: Hogarth (July 23, 2013)

Pages: 304

As THE PANOPTICON opens, we meet Anais Hendricks, a few months shy of her sixteenth birthday.  Anais sits in the back of a police car in Midlothian, Scotland, headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can’t remember the events that led her there, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais’s school uniform.

Put in foster care at birth, Anais has moved through twenty-three placements before the age of seven.  Along the way, she has endured unspeakable hardships and abuse, and has been let down, or worse, by almost every adult she encounters. And yet, despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, Anais greets the world with a witty, blunt, and endlessly entertaining voice.  In the Panopticon, Anais fears that the system that has turned its back on her will beat her down and ultimately break her spirit.  Yet, she also finds in the other residents an ad hoc family and begins to make her first halting steps toward friendships, taking charge of her own fate and discovering the depth of her own strength.

“In the Margaret Atwood/The Handmaid’s Tale vein—very literary and suspenseful. I like books set in an altered reality—one that feels familiar and yet also deeply unfamiliar, that embodies some of the dailiness of life, and yet slowly reveals itself to be a very different, much more sinister place.” Gillian Flynn, O, The Oprah Magazine

The Panopticon is an exquisite first novel—Jenni Fagan has created a dark, disturbing, yet ultimately hopeful portrait of a young woman growing up alone in the Scottish foster care system.  To say it is haunting is an understatement–I kept wanting to set a place for Anais at the table with the rest of my children.”—Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers

“Jenni Fagan has created a high-resolution portrait of a throwaway kid. Fifteen-year-old Anais, born in a mental ward, tumbled through the social work system, violated and violent, high on whatever, each decision she makes is a jaunty wave as she sails past the next point of no return. This is a contemporary tragedy of the highest order.”—Carol Anshaw, New York Times bestselling author of Carry the One 

“Told in Anais’ raw voice, Fagan’s novel peers into the world inhabited by forgotten children, and, in Anais, gives us a heartbreakingly intelligent and sensitive heroine wrapped in an impossibly impenetrable exterior. Readers won’t be able to tear themselves away from this transcendent debut.”—Booklist, starred review 

“Anais’s ongoing internal dialog, her periodic reimagining of her life and situation, is enthralling…James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late meets Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Not to be missed.”—Library Journal, starred review 

“Anais’s story is one of abandonment, loss, and redemption, well suited for a paranoid age in which society finds itself constantly under the microscope.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Dark and disturbing but also exciting and moving, thanks to a memorable heroine and vividly atmospheric prose…Fagan [paints] her battered characters’ fierce loyalty to each other with such conviction and surprising tenderness.”—Kirkus Reviews

Jenni Fagan Credit Urszula SoltysAbout Jenni

JENNI FAGAN was born in Livingston, Scotland. She graduated from Greenwich University and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA. A published poet, she has won awards from Arts Council England, Dewar Arts and Scottish Screen among others. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize.  She is currently the new Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University. The Panopticon is her first novel.

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 Jenni Fagan’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 5th:  River City Reading

Tuesday, August 6th:  The Blog of Litwits

Wednesday, August 7th:  Book-alicious Mama

Thursday, August 8th:  Giraffe Days

Monday, August 12th:  The Feminist Texican [Reads]

Tuesday, August 13th:  The Picky Girl

Wednesday, August 14th:  Bibliiophiliac

Thursday, August 15th:  Julz Reads

Tuesday, August 20th:  The Well Read Redhead

Friday, August 23rd:  Tina’s Book Reviews

Monday, August 26th:  Between the Covers

Tuesday, August 27th:  SusieBookworm

Wednesday, August 28th:  Life, Love & Books

Wednesday, August 28th:  50 Books Project

Wednesday, September 4th:  Sweet Southern Home

Friday, September 20th:  Bound By Words

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