I stumbled across Andrew Ervin‘s Burning Down George Orwell’s House while perusing Penguin Random House’s website for interesting upcoming novels, and thought it definitely fit the bill. Here’s the synopsis:
A darkly comic debut novel about advertising, truth, single malt, Scottish hospitality — or lack thereof — and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Ray Welter, who was until recently a highflying advertising executive in Chicago, has left the world of newspeak behind. He decamps to the isolated Scottish Isle of Jura in order to spend a few months in the cottage where George Orwell wrote most of his seminal novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ray is miserable, and quite prepared to make his troubles go away with the help of copious quantities of excellent scotch.
But a few of the local islanders take a decidedly shallow view of a foreigner coming to visit in order to sort himself out, and Ray quickly finds himself having to deal with not only his own issues but also a community whose eccentricities are at times amusing and at others downright dangerous. Also, the locals believe — or claim to believe — that there’s a werewolf about, and against his better judgment, Ray’s misadventures build to the night of a traditional, boozy werewolf hunt on the Isle of Jura on the summer solstice.
One for fans of Orwell and whisky, no doubt… Due to be published on April 12th by Soho Press in the US.