Shuggie Bain By Douglas Stuart
Shuggie Bain is the debut novel by Scottish-American author Douglas Stuart, revealed in 2020. It tells the story of the youngest of the three youngsters, Shuggie, rising up along with his alcoholic mom, Agnes, within the 1980s, in Thatcher-era post-industrial working-class Glasgow, Scotland.
Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of younger Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a candy and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s insurance policies have put husbands and sons out of labor, and the town’s infamous medication epidemic is ready within the wings.
Shuggie’s mom Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding gentle however a burden for him and his siblings. She goals of a home with its personal entrance door whereas she flicks by way of the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering slightly happiness on credit score, something to brighten up her gray life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes retains her satisfaction by wanting good her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false enamel supply a glamorous picture of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. However beneath the floor, Agnes finds growing solace in drink, and he or she drains away the lion’s share of every week’s advantages all of the household has to reside on on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in purses and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older youngsters discover their very own methods to get a secure distance from their mom, abandoning Shuggie to take care of her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is in the meantime struggling to someway turn out to be the conventional boy he desperately longs to be, however everybody has realized that he’s “no proper,” a boy with a secret that every one however him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, however her dependancy has the facility to eclipse everybody near her even her beloved Shuggie.
A heartbreaking story of dependancy, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class household that’s hardly ever seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it’s a blistering debut by a superb novelist who has a robust and necessary story to inform.