The Redemption of Galen Pike

Winner of the 2015 International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award

Winner of the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize

An American Booksellers Association 2017 Indie Next Pick

One of the Toronto Star's top 10 books of 2017

A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2017


In a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father’s enemy.

Spare, precise, charged with a prickly wit, the stories in Carys Davies's sparkling second collection remind us how little we know of the lives of others.



‘Outstanding’ —Akhil Sharma in The New Yorker

‘Magnificent…The Redemption of Galen Pike is a stunning achievement, and Carys Davies a writer to celebrate.’ —The Toronto Star

‘A perfectly formed gem. The book never falters in its delicate touch and confident, nuanced observations about the human condition.’ —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

‘Confirms beyond doubt her position among the finest British exponents of a particularly challenging form.’ —The Irish Examiner

‘A little bit dark, a little bit odd, always absolutely beautiful' —MPR News

‘Outstanding...perfectly distilled, intense...exquisite.’ —The Yorkshire Post

‘Delicate, magical.’ —Daily Express

‘Extraordinary…heart-stopping…Like all good stories, these tales expand and reverberate beyond the page, pulsating with Life. Davies’ voice – witty, offbeat, crackling with intelligence – is entirely her own. ’ —New Welsh Review

‘Completely stole my heart’ —Simon Savidge, Savidge Reads

‘This book is so wonderful.’ —Sarah Jessica Parker, Read It Forward!

‘Like Chekhov's great stories Davies' stories are deceptively simple. They reward re-reading not by resolving the core mystery, but by revealing layers of meaning and complexity’ —Ladette Randolph, editor-in-chief of Ploughshares and 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award judge

‘She can do what it is essential to do in this form, create a micro-world, which has reverberations beyond its size and scope, which is metaphysical.’ —Sarah Hall

‘These stories are so unexpected and compelling it’s difficult to find one single word to praise them. Carys Davies deserves every accolade she had received.’ —Elizabeth Harrower