Solar Bones

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Solar Bones is a 2016 novel by Irish fiction writer Mike McCormack.

The novel's plot revolves around Marcus Conway, a deceased middle-aged engineer who has returned on All Souls' Day, and is reminiscing about his past life's events whilst sitting at his kitchen table. The book is notable for featuring only a single sentence, with all events written as a recollection from the present.

The novel primarily deals with the themes of order and chaos, love and subsequent loss, and the ability of minor decisions to ripple and inevitably create large outcomes. The novel also comments on "contemporary Irish masculinity" as it discusses the various roles one faces as a husband, father, son, brother, colleague, and neighbor.[1][2]

Solar Bones won the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize[3] and the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Solar Bones | International DUBLIN Literary Award". Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  2. ^ Sansom, Ian (2016-06-04). "Solar Bones by Mike McCormack review – an extraordinary hymn to small-town Ireland". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  3. ^ Armitstead, Claire (9 November 2016). "Single sentence novel wins Goldsmiths prize for books that 'break the mould'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2018.