Bookable Space with Naomi Kruger

Just in time for lunch, welcome back to Bookable Space! In the first episode of Season 2, we're joined by Naomi Kruger reading from and talking about her book May.


About the author: Naomi Krüger is a prose writer and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Central Lancashire. Her debut novel, May was published by Seren in 2018 and her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize, featured in Wag’s Revue, commended in Aesthetica and commissioned for various anthologies. In 2021 she was awarded an Eccles Centre Fellowship at the British Library to research her second novel. Twitter: @NaomiKruger


About the book:


The door to the past has been locked to May but fragments of memories still remain: a boy running on the green, his fiery hair, a letter without a stamp, a secret she promised not to tell. She can’t piece together the past or even make sense of the present, but she revisits what she knows again and again. The boy, the letter, the secret. She can’t grasp what they mean, but maybe the people she’s loved and lost can uncover the mystery of the red-headed boy and his connection to May.


Like memories, the book moves through the decades, weaving together the lives of May’s family and the woman who cares for her at the nursing home. Their recollections are linked by feelings of doubt, remorse and a sense that they are mourning the paths their lives could have taken. Aftershocks from the past reverberate in the present.


Naomi Kruger’s debut novel is a contemplative tale of what it means to carry the past with you and the power of letting it go.


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