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Melanie Finn has worked as a screenwriter and a journalist, and is the founder and director of the Natron Health Project, which brings healthcare to Maasai communities in Northern Tanzania. Her first novel, Away From You, was published to great critical acclaim in 2004, and was longlisted for the ORANGE and IMPAC PRIZEs.

I still find it very difficult to contemplate the tragedy at the heart of Shame. It came out of a news story: in 2002, errors by air-traffic controllers in Zurich caused the mid-air collision of a DHL cargo plane and a Russian airliner. 73 people were killed, including 53 children on a school trip. The father of one of the children tracked down the primary controller and, one summer evening, st... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.77 · 618 ratings · 131 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Gloaming

3.83 avg rating — 537 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
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Away from You

3.44 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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Shame

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“This is what you remember about him: not much, but then you have been assiduous in your forgetting. His red sweater, v-neck, cashmere; the clink of ice-cubes in a glass. He is shadow and voice, but you cannot recall his face. He is behind a closed door, in a forbidden room. He is asleep in his armchair, he is asleep in the driveway, asleep in your sandpit, face down, snoring but not harmless, even then. He is shouting, he is whispering, he is close but also remote as if at the end of a long hallway and you cannot hear him. His words never make any sense, he speaks some other language. His hands sometimes spin away from him like windmills, like pinwheels and Catherine wheels, snapping like firecrackers. There must be pain, but you cannot feel it.

Your skin bruises like apples.”
Melanie Finn, Away from You

“Some things in life are certain; death, taxes, and that your family will piss you off.”
Melanie Finn, Away from You

“...life, like a wire, requires tension on both ends. You care to live and someone else cares that you live. What's the point of holding the slack end?”
Melanie Finn
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