Tuesday 7 September 2021

The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill

Today I finished reading The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill.

One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences

This is a deep engrossing novel which went down a road I didn't expect. Definitely worth reading.

About Jordan Tannahill

Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, director, and author. His plays have been translated into multiple languages and honoured with a number of prizes including the Governor General’s Literary Award for drama and several Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Jordan’s films and multimedia performances have been presented at festivals and galleries such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tribeca Film Festival. From 2012 to 2016, Jordan and William Ellis ran the influential underground art space Videofag out of their home in Toronto’s Kensington Market. Born in Ottawa, he currently resides in London, England.  

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