Douglas Stuart Reads From His Debut Novel Shuggie Bain
From Damian Barr's Literary Salon Podcast
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On this week’s episode, enjoy the world premiere of Shuggie Bain, the unforgettable story of a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in the run-down public housing of Glasgow. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie’s mother, Agnes, walks a wayward path: she’s Shuggie’s guiding light but also a burden for him and his siblings as she finds increasing solace in drink, draining away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be as it becomes evident he’s hiding a secret. A story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family rarely seen in fiction.
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Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.