A boy watches his mother hooked and reeled ashore by a fisherman. A man builds a swing in the backyard to sit between his wife and her lover. A couple gives up their seat on a bus for lovers soon to be parted. A boy sees his mother come to life gliding on roller skates. Lloyd Jones's The Man in the Shed is a haunting collection of stories about family and longing. Jones's extraordinary tales take conventional family situations and tilts them sideways, delivering a memorable, beautiful blend of the suburban and the surreal.
As well as being a prolific novelist, Lloyd has published essays and children's books. His best known works include The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Choo Woo, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife and Mister Pip, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Jones is currently living in Germany as the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers' Residency.