Shortlist, Vine Awards 2017
Shortlist, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2017
Finalist, Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors 2017
Guardian/Observer Best Books 2016
Amazon Rising Stars 2016, for Best Debuts
CBC Books Best Canadian Debuts 2016
"A taut novel that builds tension to thriller level" – The Guardian "Gripping and emotional" – The Observer "A gut-punching confrontation" – Publishers Weekly "A storm of a novel that resounds long after its heartbreaking coda" – The Guardian Sunday Review "A meditation on the impossibility of reliving the past, however much we cling to our memories" – Financial Times "[Reminiscent] of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley" – Irish Times "A fascinating dissection of the power of friendship" – Irish Examiner "About deciding, or even knowing, what the people we desire most really mean to us" – LA Review of Books "A beautifully written debut novel about obsession and repression" – Attitude "Engrossing and unsettling" – International Piano
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A wrenching and spare novel about an electric friendship that slowly reveals itself as a deep and lifelong love.
Jan de Vries is a virtuoso pianist who would be in the prime of his career but for the crippling auditory hallucinations that have plundered his performances and mind. As the disorder reaches its devastating peak the walls Jan has built around himself start to crumble, and he's unable to repress the trove of memories and unspoken words that linger between him and his childhood best friend, Dirk Noosen, with whom he lost touch long ago. He is faced with only one recourse: to head home and confront Dirk.
With a masterful balance of emotional resonance and restraint, Eric Beck Rubin tells the story of Jan's obsessive friendship with the charismatic, irreverent Dirk as the reader breathlessly awaits their reunion. This is a story about music, repression and regret; about adolescence, sex and friendship; and, ultimately, about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.
School of Velocity is published by ONE/Pushkin Press in the US, UK, Ireland and Commonwealth, and Doubleday in Canada.
It is available in bookstores and can be ordered in the US on Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, in the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth on Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwell's, and Amazon.co.uk, in Canada on Indigo, Amazon.ca, and McNally Robinson.